With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s that time of year again when we ponder what to give the ones we love. Rather than giving a physical gift, looking forward to a shared experience with a loved one is a sure way to keep your spirits warm during the cold winter! 2020 might have interrupted your travel plans, but the coming year looks bright and our gift certificates are valid for the whole 2021 season. This year, give the gift of adventure of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, perfect for all ages and walks of life – they’re guaranteed to make memories to last a lifetime.
Enormous sandstone cliffs, majestic beaches with pink sand, deep forests, sand dunes, and waterfalls make up the Pictured Rocks park. Located in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, the national lakeshore extends 42-miles along the gorgeous turquoise waters of Lake Superior. While there are many hiking trails throughout the park, the best way to see Pictured Rocks is by water on a kayak or cruise boat. With gift certificates available for each activity, plan your vacation now by booking ahead of time.
Tour Pictured Rocks by Boat
View brilliantly colored cliffs, sea caves, and pristine beaches aboard Pictured Rocks Cruises. Experience the same cruise that has been delighting passengers for over 70 years! Lovers Leap, Indian Head, Miners Castle, and Chapel Rock are just a few of the natural landmarks seen on this cruise.
Pictured Rocks Cruises offers three tours for guests: the Classic Cruise, the Spray Falls Cruise, and the Sunset Cruise. Each tour offers intimate views of the East Channel Lighthouse on Grand Island, Miners Castle, Lovers Leap, and other park landmarks. The Spray Falls Cruise takes passengers a little farther along the lakeshore to an additional waterfall – Spray Falls. Experience the stunning sight of the sun rays cascading along the rock face on the Sunset Cruises. Cruises vary from 2 to 3 hours long, each traveling approximately 40 miles round-trip.
Gift certificates can be purchased year-round and are found here.
Paddle Along the Pictured Rocks
While hiking or taking a boat cruise along the Pictured Rocks certainly gives explorers an intimate feel, kayaking near the rocks brings paddlers so close to the cliffs that they can touch them while gliding through magical sea caves.
Pictured Rocks Kayaking provides the only off-shore launch – which means rather than taking off from land, kayakers cruise from Munising Bay aboard a kayak-launching boat and are released into Lake Superior just past Painted Coves. You can skip hours of paddling and get straight to the best parts. Once finished with the paddling portion of the trip, kayakers board the boat for a ride back to shore, leisurely gazing at the colorful cliffs. Bathrooms are available on board.