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post #1 of 11 Old 07-21-2013, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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I need ride route/sights suggestion for the Upper Michigan Pen.--

I'd like to see the Yooper, but don't have a week, so I need to make good use of time and miles. I'll probably do this the last week in July/1st week of Aug., or the last 2 weeks in August.

I plan to enter the state from the Kingdom of Wisconsin at Menominee and spend 2 nights in country, before heading south back to that far off land known as Missouri. I may camp, if I am feeling really manly and stupid, or I may do credit card camping. Not that camping is stupid.... camping is cool. I just really, really suck at it. I do it every couple of years just to remind myself of why God created motels for people like me.

I'd like to go up to Grand Marais and see the maritime museum, but beyond that, I could use some suggestions as to whether I should hang out west of there or go on east, to get the most bang for the buck. If it helps, I really like shorelines and water--- feels like home, since I spent my early years on or near it.

I'd rather not spend all my time doing major miles to get from point A to B, but actually SLOW down and see the sights (a major departure for me since I GOTTA see what's over the next hill).

I could either reenter WI at Marinette or Ironwood for the dash south back to "America's Hometown"

So, any suggestions on routes for this tourist to ride, and things that are must see's are greatly appreciated. I might only get to do this once, and wish I could do the long tour.


EDIT: trip completed.

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-22-2013, 09:08 PM
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Upper Penninsula

As a Michigander I think the best sights in our U.P. are Whitefish Point, the Soo Locks, and the Mackinaw Bridge. You can look them up on a map to see if getting to them works in your schedule. Whitefish Point has a beautiful coastline, lighthouse, and the Edmund Fitzgerlad shipwreck museum. Personally, and having done both, the coastline of the U.P is much prettier on the Canadian side.

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I will follow this thread since I plan to make a trip up to the U.P. this fall as well. Plan to camp most of the time. Would like to see the locks, Sault Ste Marie as well as explore around copper Harbor. Planning four days (short drive from here).

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post #4 of 11 Old 07-23-2013, 12:00 AM
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I 'twas born a Troll , but after attending college in da Soo, I'm a Trooper (Troll who has spent 3 or more consecutive winters in the YOOP). Mission Hill outlook in Brimley, Whitefish Point, Taquamenon falls and brewery in paradise, pictured Rocks in Munising (check out Kid Rocks Born free video) and the lakeshore drive between Saul Ste Marie and Brimley, highway m134 between Drummond and St Ignace, and highway 2 between St Ignace and engadine.

Lots of good country to see and all fairly close.

About 12-14 hours of driving from Menominee, MI to Munising to Brimley, to Soo, to Drummond, to st Ignace, to engadine and back to Menominee. Good luck! I'm hoping I ride out there next summer!

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post #5 of 11 Old 08-05-2013, 11:23 AM
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UP rides

My son is a graduate of Michigan Tech in Houghton. Lots of great rides in that area, too! (Just don't plan much after September because you might get snowed in!)
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-06-2013, 12:28 AM
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The husband and I are thinking of riding to Michigan from Texas next year. Which summer month would be best?

We did a trip a few years ago up to North Dakota & Minnesota. In October. It snowed. I don't know what the heck we were thinking. The riding in Texas was great during that trip though!
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post #7 of 11 Old 10-13-2013, 05:30 PM
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Mid Michigan rides?

Can anyone suggest day rides (paved or not) from Mt. Pleasant area? Just moved here with my 2013 Wee from Colorado so I'm already used to dodging deer and such
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-10-2014, 09:34 PM
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Hey folks. For those that haven't found it yet, look up Ride Lake Superior

I went to school at Tech (Houghton, MI) and have since dreamed of taking the strom up. Maybe this is the year! The UP as a whole has some great rides. If you only have one chance, I would suggest the northern coast ride.

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post #9 of 11 Old 04-10-2014, 11:08 PM
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Being born and raised in Ohio, I tend to avoid the flat road state up North at all costs. :mrgreen:

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post #10 of 11 Old 06-05-2014, 04:06 PM
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Great ride report from a fellow Vee rider

I am taking the circle tour around lake superior this july and have found a wealth of knowledge from this ride report you might want to take a look.

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