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5 Reasons Michigan's UP Should Be On Your Winter Bucket List

Lighthouse in winter

If you’ve never considered Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for an adventurous winter getaway, we’re sure you will after this post!

The U.P. is a haven for winter enthusiasts, boasting the most extensive snow-covered region in the Midwest. (Did you know it can get up to 200” a year?) With millions of acres of untamed wilderness, you'll find the perfect backdrop for your favorite winter activities or the chance to try something new.

Here are our top 5 reasons to visit the UP this winter:

1) Pristine Landscapes

The Upper Peninsula's winter scenery is nothing short of picturesque. The glistening snow-clad forests, frozen waterfalls, and ice-covered shorelines create a serene and magical atmosphere. Explore the enchanting landscapes of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park for a visual feast that's truly one-of-a-kind.

On the Keweenaw Peninsula, the northernmost part of the UP, you’ll find The Adventure Motel, the perfect base for exploring over 160 miles of trails. You can even rent your snowmobile directly from the motel!

2) Outdoor Adventures

Winter in the Upper Peninsula isn't just about admiring the beauty; it's about engaging with it. The region offers a myriad of outdoor activities to suit every adventure level. Snowmobilers can traverse thousands of miles of groomed trails, while cross-country skiers can glide through the silent woods. Ice climbers can test their skills on frozen waterfalls, and dog sledding enthusiasts can experience the thrill of a true northern tradition.

The Keweenaw Peninsula is known for its abundance of outdoor adventures and Cross Country Sports has you covered for skis, snowshoes, apparel, ski waxes and more.

3) Snowy Spectacles

The Upper Peninsula is known for its awe-inspiring snowfall, transforming the region into a winter wonderland. With an abundance of lake-effect snow from Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron, you'll find the snowfall here unparalleled. The blanket of white covering the landscape offers boundless opportunities for winter sports and activities, from snowmobiling and skiing to snowshoeing and ice fishing.

Hancock, located on the Keweenaw Peninsula, is known as Michigan’s northernmost city and is perfect for exploring the area. Rent a snowmobile from MM Powersports and hit the trails!

4) Warm Hospitality and Cozy Lodging

The Upper Peninsula's welcoming communities offer warm hospitality and cozy accommodations. Whether you prefer charming cabins, lodges, or local inns, you'll find a variety of options that provide a snug retreat after a day filled with winter adventures. Gather around a crackling fire, sip hot cocoa, and share stories of your day's escapades with fellow travelers.

While visiting Hancock you can find cozy cabins and snowmobile rentals at Dollar Bay Motorsports. Cabins even offer access to the snowmobile/ATV trail.

5) Northern Lights and Stargazing

Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a prime destination for those hoping to witness the ethereal dance of the Northern Lights. Its location within the Earth's aurora belt means that, on clear winter nights, the night sky comes alive with shimmering green and pink hues. Prepare to be mesmerized by the celestial spectacle above, or simply take in the brilliance of a sky filled with countless stars.

Munising is a great place to catch a glimpse of the lights, with pullouts on the shore of Lake Superior. While you’re in town, check out family owned Renze Power Sports. They have both snow rentals and cabin rentals available.

Northern Lights

Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a hidden gem that truly shines during the winter season. With its pristine landscapes, unique outdoor adventures, and a touch of local charm, this destination should be on everyone's winter vacation bucket list. So, pack your winter gear, embrace the snow, and embark on a magical journey to experience the Upper Peninsula in all its wintery glory. ❄️🌲

Did we miss any of your favorite activities? Share with us in the comments your recommendations for winter fun in the UP ⬇️ And don't forget to book with!


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