Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — Picturesque, surprising and profound, Michigan's Upper Peninsula beckons the more adventurous tourist—the traveler who finds fascination with a diverse ethnic culture; who finds appeal in the innumerable roadside attractions; and who has an abiding respect for an area with a rich but unique history.
For those traveling to Michigan’s northern half this fall, Paul Vachon—a born-and-raised Michigander and author of Moon Michigan's Upper Peninsula—offers his selections for the best autumn destinations and events happening in this unique region:
Keweenaw Peninsula—This is the “Upper Peninsula’s Upper Peninsula.” The Keweenaw is one of the most northern spots in the contiguous United States. It’s the perfect place for witnessing the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights during the winter months. Take time to learn about the region’s fascinating mining history.
Marquette Symphony Orchestra—This well-known symphony presents its annual pops concert on September 15.
Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival—This event is an annual tradition proudly hosted by the students of Michigan Technological University and celebrates cultures and cuisine from around the world. This year’s festival is slated for Saturday, September 22.
Copper Country Color Tour—This bike tour is the perfect way for cyclists to revel in the fall colors of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Set for September 10th, the event features 50, 100 and 200 kilometer routes with food and rest stops along the way.
Big Bay Lighthouse B&B—This quaint spot is both an adventurous and romantic getaway destination on the rugged shores of Lake Superior near the town of Big Bay. It offers a 10 percent discount on rooms booked for stays after November 1st.
Triple Creek Kennels—This lodge offers the kind of vacation experience straight out of the “City Slicker” movies. Guide Matt Johnson accompanies travelers through the backwoods of the central U.P. and teaches the fundamentals for driving a dog sled! Overnight tours include accommodations at the Buck Sporting Lodge. It’s the perfect winter adventure. Tours originate in Munising.
Delta County Fall Golf—Golf is an especially pleasant pastime. Travelers can savor the early autumn colors and the slightly crisp air as they test their skills on several courses concentrated in the greater Escanaba area.
Great Waters Festival —This fall festival offers fun activities such as the Great Pumpkin Roll and the Crabby Apple Road Race. Visitors can shop for souvenirs from vendors offering uniquely Michigan foods and crafts. Live music completes the scene. The event is held in St. Ignace during the weekend of October 6 – 7. Drummond Island—The island holds its annual Fall on the Island Festival October 12 – 14. This fun event offers “Taste of Drummond” samplings from the island’s better restaurants and microbreweries, live music, kids’ activities and 5k and 10k walk/runs.
For more information and advice on planning a trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, visit the Moon Travel Guides website or read an interview with Paul Vachon.
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