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"The Upper Peninsula is one of the World's Top 10 Best Value Destinations"
—Lonely Planet, Best in Travel 2017 Yearbook

Upper Peninsula Attractions

Welcome to our Grand Marais, MI area attractions, courtesy of Grand Marais Powersports.  Throughout the Eastern Upper Peninsula, you will find a huge variety of family friendly Upper Peninsula attractions.  Let us know how we can help make your next UP adventure the very best.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been named one of the top 10 value destinations in the world.  With "attractions to rival national treasures, Michigan's Upper Peninsula is an area of stunning natural beauty and charming Norman Rockwell-esque towns and villages".—Lonely Planet travel guidebook company in its new book "Best in Travel 2017"

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore | Pictured RocksPictured Rocks National Lakeshore
We are, "Eastern Gateway to the Pictured Rocks" and it is one of the most fantastic attractions in the State of Michigan.  The Pictured Rocks stretches over 50 miles along the Lake Superior's south shore.  It provides guests with hiking trails, kayaking, shipwrecks, boat tours, and numerous Upper Peninsula Waterfalls.

This attraction includes many area highlights: East Channel Lighthouse, Grand Island, Chapel Rock, Painted Coves, Lover's Leap, Indian Head, Grand Portal, Battleship Rocks, Indian Drum, Chapel Cove, Chapel Rock, and Spray Falls. The best way to view these wonders is by the Pictured Rocks Cruises.  

Pictured Rocks Cruises
Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tours
Riptide Ride

Grand Sable Dunes | Sand Dunes Grand Sable Dunes and Log Slide
Grand Sable Dunes are located just a couple minutes west of Grand Marais, MI.  These incredible dunes are easily experienced at the Sable Falls parking area.  300 foot high banks take up a majestic five square miles along the lakeshore.

The Log Slide is located 7 miles west of Grand Marais.  It is situated on Alger County road H-58.  This road is very spectacular and is very popular scenic drive.  During our historic lumberjack days, workers would send the logs down the Log Slide.  There was so much friction on the chute that it would catch on fire.  You can also catch a glimpse of the Au Sable Light Station from this vantage point.

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Sable Falls | Upper Peninsula AttractionsSable Falls
Sable Falls is located 1 mile west of Grand Marais.  This beautiful Upper Peninsula waterfalls is found on Alger County Road H-58.  A scenic trail leads to this 75 foot waterfalls that tumbles over several Jacobsville sandstone cliffs.  The first viewing platform is down a staircase of 169 steps. The walk from the parking area to this staircase is a short one.

The trail continues past the falls for about a half-mile down to a rock beach where Sable Creek flows into Lake Superior.

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Grand Marais Range LightsGrand Marais Range Lights
The Grand Marais Range Lights are located just a short drove out on our peninsula that helps create the West Bay.  Here you will find a parking area, stone pier for fishing, along with historic markers and buildings.  

The pier offers incredible fishing opportunities for all ages.  Species include:  coho, steelhead and whitefish.  

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Ausable Lighthouse Grand MaraisAusable Lighthouse Grand Marais
Located in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, this light stands on Au Sable Point on the south shore of Lake Superior, approximately 12 miles west of Grand Marais, Michigan. Au Sable Light Station tours are scheduled Wednesday through Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day (as staffing permits). (No tours on Monday and Tuesday.) Tours begin at 11 a.m. and run through 5 p.m.

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Upper Tahquamenon Falls near Grand Marais, MIUpper Tahquamenon Falls
We are, "Your Gateway to the Tahquamenon Falls" and it is one of the most fantastic attractions in the State of Michigan.  This beautiful waterfall is located in the Tahquamenon Falls State Park which encompasses a total of 50,000 acres of pure virgin forests, waterfalls and a majestic river.  The Upper Tahquamenon Falls is the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi.  

The Upper Tahquamenon Falls is over 200 feet wide and 48 feet tall.  When we receive high precipitation, over 50,000 gallons of water spill over the waterfall per second.  You will need a park pass to visit Michigan's State Parks.

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Oswald's Bear RanchOswald's Bear Ranch
The Oswald's Bear Ranch is the largest bear only ranch in the United States.  The ranch consists of four beautiful and spacious habitats.  They have a very large parking lot to accommodate all types of vehicles.  When you arrive to the bear ranch guests can visit their gift shop and concessions shop, where you can find a bite to eat and buy apples to feed the bears.  Entering the main bear area, you will have the opportunity to get your photos taken with a bear cub.  Walk paths will lead you around the bear habitats to the great viewing platforms.

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Toonerville TrolleyTahquamenon Falls Boat Tours and Toonerville Trolley
The Toonerville Trolley is an authentic narrow gauge railroad that takes you 5.5 miles through thick forests, the habitat of bear, deer, moose, gray wolf, and many types of birds. At the end of the track is your first view of the Tahquamenon River, where the riverboat is boarded for a 21 mile cruise down the river to the rapids 1/2 mile above the Upper Tahquamenon Falls.

Tour #1 is a 6 1/2 hour round trip train and riverboat tour to our private access at the Upper Tahquamenon Falls. The only tour to Tahquamenon Falls. Tour #2 is a 1 3/4 Hour Wilderness Train Ride.

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Seney National Wildlife RefugeSeney National Wildlife Refuge
The Seney National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 95,212 acres of wilderness, swamps, islands, and lakes. Animals abound and thrive within the safe haven of this refuge. Beautiful Trumpeter Swans, osprey, deer, loons, moose, deer, turtles, geese, fish, eagles, along with many other species.   

The 7-mile Marshland Wildlife Drive is a must for wildlife viewers visiting the refuge. The route takes visitors alongside open water ponds and wetlands, sedge meadows, and through forests. These diverse habitats attract native and migratory wildlife, many of which can be seen at close range on both sides of the auto route, and often seen in the pine stands growing along many of the dikes.

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Kitchitikipi | Big SpringKitch-iti-kipi | The Big Spring
Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan's largest natural freshwater spring. The name means big cold water and is sometimes referred to as "The Big Spring". It is located in the Palms Book State Park, northwest of Manistique about six miles (9.7 km) west on US Highway 2 and 12 miles (19 km) north on M-149.

This freshwater spring has a paved path to the self-operated raft that provides the perfect water observation.  The water is so blue and clear that you will be able to see ancient tree trunks, trout and the water rushing upward through the springs.

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