USA Today readers recently chose Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as the best destination to view fall foliage and we’re not surprised. Whether you’re cruising or kayaking near towering cliffs, hiking among colorful trees, or enjoying a scenic drive throughout the park, you’re sure to make memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Even though the multicolored cliffs in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore are stunning year-round, the beauty is magnified in the fall. Deep scarlets, yellows, oranges, and violets of the trees that line clifftops reflect off the clear blue waters of Lake Superior and illuminate the hues in the sandstone rock face.Here are the top reasons why a fall adventure to Pictured Rocks is a must:
Experience a Magnificent Color Show from the Water
The best way to soak in the fall foliage around Pictured Rocks is by taking a tour along the lakeshore. Visit Munising, the park’s western gateway, and climb aboard a Pictured Rocks Cruises boat tour, where you’ll travel alongside the most visually stunning 40 miles of shoreline on the Great Lakes.
For a bit more adventure, book a trip with Pictured Rocks Kayaking and see the most beautiful parts of the park as you paddle up close after launching into Lake Superior from a boat. Both tours include the most iconic landmarks of Pictured Rocks including the Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse, Miners Castle, Chapel Rock, Lovers Leap, and more!
Hike Among the Colorful Trees
There are hundreds of miles of trails in the Pictured Rocks area. Walk one of many self-guided nature trails and see a vast array of nature and wildlife. Check out Miners Castle, perhaps the most famous landmark along the Pictured Rocks shoreline that can be seen by water and land. Erosion over time created the interesting rock formation that gave this place its name. Trails to all overlooks are paved and easy to reach. Miners Beach, which is near Miners Castle, also offers gorgeous views of Lake Superior and the Pictured Rocks as well. There’s a wheelchair accessible boardwalk that leads from the parking lot to the staircase down to the beach.
Enjoy a Beautiful Scenic Drive
Take a cruise along colorful trees down H-58 – the scenic highway that runs along the Pictured Rocks park. Be sure to stop at Sable Falls and the Log Slide overlook, where you can see enormous sand dunes that tower atop the 300-foot high Grand Sable Banks. These magnificent sand dunes are located just west of Grand Marais, the park’s eastern gateway.Don’t miss out on the adventure! Kayak, cruise, or hike to take in the sights along Lake Superior’s shoreline now.