Charming Upper Peninsula of Michigan: A weekend trip

It was a trip planned in 15 minutes.

On a Thursday night I was browsing through one of my favorite web destinations, “Google map” and just thought of making an one day trip to Mackinac Island which is around 450 miles away from my home. Mackinac Island, a National Historic Landmark, is very popular tourist destination of primarily the Midwest people for its uniqueness & old charm.  The island is located in between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The most distinctive feature of this place is  no motor vehicle is allowed in here.So only way to see the island is bike or horse carriage or by walking. The sound of horse hooves, the wooden carriages, the clean air, aroma of fresh flowers(well in some corners horse excrement 🙂 ), old style houses, restaurants, candy shops, smiling people all adds up to the charm and vibrancy of the place. This island is also famous for its locally produced variety of fudges, so if we you have sweet tooth or a you are a “fudgy” (fudge lover : thats what the tourists are being referred over there), this can be your pilgrimage.

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There are three companies who run ferries from Mackinaw city and St Ignace to the island all day round. You can access the link for details http://www.mackinacisland.net/ferries/

After spending a wonderful day there we drove around 150 picturesque miles to a typical small Michigan tourist city,Munising adjacent to the next day attraction, Pictured Rock National Lakeshore. We took a short detour to see Tahquamenon falls, the most popular among many UP gorgeous waterfalls. It is very scenic and beautiful but I will remember the place for a long long time for the mosquitoes over there. We were literally running, jumping, shouting,dancing on the small trek to the falls not because of the awe of lush green jungles or the beauty around, primarily because we were attacked unarmed by thousands of big sticky blood sucking mosquitoes. So if want to enjoy these UP falls, while packing instead of a camera check twice for mosquito repellents. The below picture was taken in that dangerous war zone…

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a scenic area in lake superior famous for multicolored sandstone cliffs. We took the morning 3 hours relaxing tour of this amazingly spectacular area.

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It was around 400 miles drive back home which took almost rest of the day. While coming back we just got a bonus gift of the below sight of an unknown but beautiful waterfall…that’s why Upper Peninsula of Michigan  is special. It has pleasant surprises for you straight from mother nature at every corner,unaltered without glossy packaging. “Pure Michigan” is truly a very justified tagline to describe this wonderland.

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It was a trip planned in 15 minutes…but to be cherished for a long long time

Note: For the full album and full size higher resolution photos please check out

http://500px.com/AbhishekRoy1/sets/upper_peninsula_of_michigan

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