You will arrive in the communities of Hessel and Cedarville, located on Lake Huron and surrounded by islands, bays, and unbridled beauty. All within a thirty minute drive. Museums, gift shops, guided kayak excursions, a boat building school, casino gaming, and more are available in these neighboring communities. Continue another 30 minutes to charming DeTour Village, where lighthouse tours, a historical museum, botanical gardens, and waterfront parks provide a beautiful respite. Cross to Drummond Island via car ferry and discover biking and hiking trails, 140 miles of shoreline, and a perfect paddling destination.
Within 50 minutes along I-75 North, arrive in Sault Ste. Marie and visit museums and historic sites that tell the story of Michigan’s oldest settlement. Stop at the Soo Locks and watch the freighters “lock through” on their way to or from ports on the upper Great Lakes. Continue another 15 minutes north across the International Bridge and find yourself in another country – Canada. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is a thriving city of 80,000 and home to a beautiful riverfront boardwalk, museums, and a scenic railtour. (Proper identification required to cross the international bridge.)
Drive sixty minutes northwest of St.Ignace to arrive in Paradise, the gateway to Whitefish Point Lighthouse, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and Tahquamenon Falls State Park. The scene unfolding outside your vehicle during this drive will include forests and Lake Superior shoreline. Continue another 40 minutes and arrive in the town of Newberry. Take in the Logging Museum, take a ride on a wilderness trolley, visit a bear habitat or simply keep a watchful wildlife eye, since Newberry is the moose capital of Michigan.
Within 90 minutes, arrive at Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Immerse yourself in the serene calm of its swan population, the excitement of occasional bear sightings, and the spectacular variety of flora and fauna found at this free destination. Stretch your legs on a hiking trail, learn about the latest wildlife sightings in the visitor center, and enjoy the driving loop through the refuge’s system of ponds. Continue another 45 minutes to Munising, a charming community on Lake Superior and home to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Take a boat cruise, explore several local waterfalls, take a dip in the chilly waters of Lake Superior and enjoy the colorful rock formations that make Pictured Rocks famous.