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Candid Camping and Exploring Michigan’s Upper Peninsula!

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Camping and Exploring the Upper Peninsula

I can’t think of a better way to end our summer than a visit to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula! Talk about stepping into another world, from the lush, thick forests to the crystal blue waters of the Great lakes, the UP has it all. Our trip over Labor Day weekend opened the door to a world that we can’t wait to visit and explore all over again! As a matter of fact, we are already planning our next trip.

If you have not visited Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, you have to add it to your must see destination list. The UP offers endless Hiking, Canoeing and kayaking, fishing, hunting, swimming, exploring and so much more. I could go on and on about all the things to do in the UP!

The UP has breathtaking views, beautiful beaches and so many places to explore that one trip is isn’t enough! Furthermore, one visit to the UP will just leave you craving for more.

Before I go on, I must point out that the pictures of the places we visited just don’t compare to actually seeing these places with your own eyes. With that in mind, continue on to see why we are planning another trip to Michigan’s Amazing Upper Peninsula!

Our First Stop…

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Tahquamenon Lower Falls Campground

The lower falls portage campground was located 1/4 of mile away from the lower falls. As soon as we set up camp we were off to see the falls.

The campground was very well-kept. The bathrooms were clean and the playground was a nice place for my little ones to play. Of course we were too busy for them to play at the playground very much! 🙂


This was our first Hike to the Falls! We did this several times because it was so beautiful!

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Our Second Stop…

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

This exhibit is dedicated to the Edmund Fitzgerald. The museum features some of the highlights of the dive to recover the ships bell and replace it with a memorial of those that perished when the ship sank. It was a stark reminder of what nature can do during a storm, even for the toughest ships.

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The next day was Pictured Rocks and…

We got up bright and early Saturday morning to board our cruise at 0800 am and it was worth it! Our group and one couple were the only ones aboard the boat.

Pictured Rock Cruises

This is a great way to view Pictured Rocks if you have small children.

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We also went to Miners Castle and Falls, Log Slide Outlook, Sable Falls and Grand Sable Dunes. Even with the rain we explored sites from Munising to Grand Marais and still had an amazing adventure!

Miners Castle and Falls

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Sable Falls and Grand Sable Dunes

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Last, we drove to Crisp Point Lighthouse and hiked around the island at Tahquamenon Falls.

Crisp Point Lighthouse

The lighthouse was located on a long dirt road out in the middle of the forest. We never thought we would get there but it was worth the drive!

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The Island was awesome! We spent plenty of time exploring the falls and wading out into the river.

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On our way home we made a pit stop at walked up to the Famous Castle Rock while we waited on the bridge to open!

Castle Rock

Mackinaw Bridge Walk

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All I can say is “I love the UP!”.  As you can see, we tried cramming in as much as we could over the weekend but didn’t even come close to seeing and doing it all. We had an amazing trip and I am looking forward to exploring more of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.


Have you visited the UP? What are some of your favorite places? Drop me a line and tell me all about it!



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