We make 2 trips a year to the UP to take our son to college at MTU in Houghton. We have driven across the UP many times, but I still love it.
Last fall we stopped near Seney Wildlife area in the middle of the UP. Not much else around, but you can hike refuge, and rent canoes/kayaks, also can ride bikes in the refuge.
We laso have vacationed in the UP several times when our kids were younger, both on the east side and west side. The east side has many activities & easier to drive to, you can go out on Mackinaw Island for aday, ride the bikes, visit the Taquamanen Falls, visit the Soo Locks, WhitefishPoint for shipwreck museums, visit St. Ignace & Mackinac City (cross the bridge).
Stay near Munising & visit Pictured Rocks, you can hike & take a sightseeing cruise, explore the area some.
The west in more vast = more driving. The Keewanaw area you can tour old copper mines, mountain bike trails, hunt for ghost towns, see Calamet & the old mining town. The Porkies are a ways away which would make for long day trip to see that area. As previous post stated, a lot of hiking available there - one of my childhood memories were the family hikes in the park.
As someone else stated take your insect repellent and have fun, the UP has a lot to see. when you get to the eastern end DeTour Village, take the ferry over to Drummond Island, and ask a local where the cliffs are and go see that also. All the above places are very nice. Also, when over at Pictured Rocks make sure you find a good Pastie Shop and try one.
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Mosquitoes can be bad. Be sure to take plenty of spray.
Anyone able to give an good picture of the mosquito situation in the U.P. in say, late September?
I'll be visiting there this year, but my trip won't be starting out till after Labor day, and I've got a number of stops to make along the way before I reach the U.P.
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We were there the last week of August and the first 2 weeks of September last year and needed insect repellent. FYI skin so soft from Avon works good and leaves your skin very nice, wife said to tell you all that.
Late September you should need very little mosquito repellent or none at all. Mosquito's hatch mainly after a warm to hot wet period or after a heavy rain. We do the U.P. a couple times a year and have for the last 40+ years with one trip being in late Sept or early to mid Oct for the brilliant fall leaf colors and have yet to be bothered with bugs.
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