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Old January 26th, 2010, 09:32 PM   #1
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My girl and I are thinking of vacationing in the U.P. at the beginning of July, wondering if anyone had any suggestions, were thinking of camping, hiking, biking, kayaking and fishing, thanks
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Old January 27th, 2010, 11:36 AM   #2
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Hard to be disappointed no matter where you go. There is a lot to see including the Porcupine Mtns & Tahquamenon falls as well as places like Isle Royale if you have the time/money to do it. That's not to say there isn't other places worth visiting, there is a lot of history all throughout the UP.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 11:38 AM   #3
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you can go to marquette and play around presque isle, and also the look out point by the prison, also sugarloaf mountain, can kayak in lake superior there too
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Old January 27th, 2010, 11:48 AM   #4
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We spent a long weekend at Drummond Island. Loved i!
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My girl and I took the Rubi up there this past October for week and loved it everyday we were there. I think the further west you head, the more 'rustic' it gets. If you take hwy 41 up into the Keeweenaw penninsula, it ends at the northern city limits of copper harbor, but there is a dirt road there that appears to just go into the wood a few hundred feet and stop, but stay on it and you will be treated to a shoreline drive all the way up to the very tip of the penninsula. The further you go though, the tighter and more difficult the trail gets. I turned my 08 Rubicon back after 2/3s the way cause the trail was getting too damn tight.

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Ive been a little ore interested in the Grand Marais area, Ive never been there in the summer and havent been up there since 05 snowmobiling, weve added ATVs to our list of goodies were planning on taking so any more info anyone can share as far as lodging activities etc... thanks
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Do it right and plan a trip to Isle Royal--Wont be able to ride bikes but you will never forget it--least visited national park in lower 48

http://www.nps.gov/isro/index.htm
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skip the UP and head to Bruce Penninsula in Canada. Read here for more info. Endless hiking and camping and some mtn biking oportunities

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That looks like an amazing trip, i like the fact you didnt go to Jamaica or cancun or something for your honeymoon. a bit much for a 5 day timespan and on our budget, not to mention the whole trip hinges on the idea that we close on the house and i find a nice fullsize to haul our shit with before July when im on shutdown and she has time off........
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There is just so much to see around the waters edges of Michiganand northern Michigan is just awesome nature everywhere, cool people, simple people, hand made crafts, glass blowing in East Jordon Michigan is awesome to see, light houses everywhere, awesome, wine tasting is fun, hill top parking over looking the water is , Torch Lake sandbar is a blast is a great party spot and swimming, sand dunes, Just alot of simple fun and cheap fun, rooms, SHIT get a tent stay at some of the most beauitiful state parks in this country!
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Sault Ste Marie is awesome, and copper harbor is amazing the u.p. is the best place on earth so much to do so much to see. iv never had a dull moment in the upper
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Anything UP rocks, I really Like Copper harbor. Another good one is Big Bay, there are alot of trails around there, elevation changes, and lake independence has some great fishing.
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The whole UP is great. I'm biased to Drummond, of course, but you really can't lose. The whole North Coast from Whitefish Point, all the way up to Copper Harbor is beautiful. Take the scenic routes and hike or bike to all of the different waterfalls throughout the areas. There are some great kayaking routes around Drummond that connect some of the State and Federally owned islands surrounding Drummond. Pictured rocks are good for that too. Mt. Biking on Drummond is really only for the die-hards. It can be kind of rough for many.
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The wife and I are headed up June 21 - July 5 hitting highway 2 over to Escanaba then up to the Porkies and Copper Harbor then home along the north shore. Barnes and Noble has a good book on the UP that has a lot of lodging and restaurants listed as well as great places out of the way that are worth a visit.

The ghost town of Fayette in the Garden peninsula is on our list of must hit spots. Don't forget to visit the worlds biggest ski jump in Ironwood. We have our route marked up on the map already, that is part of the fun planing this trip.
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check out little bay de noc campground. its just east of rapid river by about 2.5 miles.
35 miles from escanaba. take us2 west to co. rd 513. go south 5.6 miles, its on your right. has beautiful beaches and boat ramp. totally rustic. way off the beaten path. very few people use it. great fishing, hunting, hiking, and two tracking all around. should be super cheap to stay also. surrounded by miles of national forrest to explore. near impossible to get lost while hiking there. water on 3 sides us2 on the top. you will run cross one of them b4 too long. all u need is a compass. rapid river, gladstone, and escanaba are all near by.

the fishing and boating on little bay de noc is hard to beat.
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Do Isle Royale you wont regret it!
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I am not sure of the date of the July race this year but they have a great short track off road race in Bark River 1 in July and 1 in August.
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The keweenaw peninsula is probably the most scenic place in michigan. take cliff drive north of calumet, it runs the "spine" of cliffs on the keweenaw. the 2-tracks past the fort in copper harbor are easily passible (drove an 08 tahoe to the tip and back). if you go to the porkies, make sure to check out the lookout towers, the lake of the clouds, and the waterfalls on the presque isle river (south end of the park). I'd also say drive further south and check out the copper peak ski jump, and the falls on the black river. a little further and you can check out the tallest waterfall on the great lakes, on the border with michigan and wisconsin. enjoy your trip, its well worth it!
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We are cutting through on our way to Mount Rushmore this Spring, Across 2 are some great view's. Some people like to see how many waterfall they can see while there in the U.P. is something you can do also.
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