Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or even an extended vacation that isn’t too far away, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula should be on your radar. Just an inviting 7 hour drive separates Minneapolis from this national treasure. But what’s the hurry? Make sure to take a little extra time to check out the sights and attractions along the way.
Why Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore?
How Do I Get There?
Swing by Tobie’s Restaurant and Bakery in Hinckley, Minnesota, right off US 35, which has been a must stop for delicious baked goods since 1947. Not a fan of sweets? Try something on their menu, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Or, how about a cat-themed café in Ashland, Wisconsin? Visit Black Cat Coffeehouse, which prides itself not only on its quirky décor but organic coffee and teas and farm-to-table menu choices.
The next place you’ll want to check is the Yooper Tourist Trap – a roadside classic gift shop in Ishpeming, an old mining town, that has unique gifts, stones and more. While you’re at it, check out Black Rocks in Presque Isle Park in Marquette just 15 miles east. In the summer, you’ll see people jumping from the volcanic rocks into the crystal clear and often cold waters of Lake Superior.
What Do I Do When I Get to Pictured Rocks?
Take a guided tour aboard Pictured Rocks Cruises newest catamaran or enjoy a kayak tour with Pictured Rocks Kayaking to see the best of the sandstone formations along the lakeshore up close and personal. There are hundreds of miles of trails to explore in the park and the nearby Hiawatha National Forest, along with 20 breathtaking waterfalls and white sandy beaches where you can unwind and soak in the sun. Are you a fan of arts and culture? Check out a new historic photography walk and beautiful murals around downtown Munising. While dining out, try the local cuisine. Popular dishes? Fresh Lake Superior whitefish or a pasty.