Michigan’s Unofficial National Park That’s Picture-Perfect
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan mirrors the pristine natural elegance out west.
Picture Sedona’s stunning sandstone high cliffs increasing out of a crystal-blue lake, rock arcs like those in Utah, as well as cascading falls that resemble Yosemite’s renowned shrouds. Now visualize all that within a day’s drive. With its namesake high cliffs and also extraordinary all-natural elegance, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Munising, nps.gov/ Piro) on Lake Superior boasts much better landscapes than several official national forests, yet far fewer groups– and just a few memento shops and restaurants dot Munising, the biggest town within the park’s boundaries.
The best way to see Pictured Rocks is from a kayak. While the majority of tour business is run out-and-back journeys from a coastline, Pictured Rocks Kayaking (906-387-5500, paddlepicturedrocks.com) launches from its very own ship, allowing visitors to get to more of the coast’s remarkable area, like Church Rock and also Miners Castle.
If simply the thought of paddling Lake Superior’s uneven waters makes you seasick, stay dry on a brief walk to Log Slide Overlook. At just under a half-mile roundtrip from the parking lot, it’s barely enough time to obtain your heart price up until you see the magnificent shoreline. You can even make your way to the coastline from the trail, however, beware– the descent takes around 10 minutes, but the return up the steep, sandy dune takes more than 2 hours.
Some 20 falls are spread throughout as well as near the park, and you can reach most with a brief stroll. Even the preferred 10-mile loop hike is practical for the typical walker. The drive to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula may be an expedition, but taking into consideration that the very first layers of the park’s sandstone created more than 500 million years earlier, spending nine hours to see the impressive coastline does not seem so complicated. When you show up, the trip is relatively smooth sailing.
IF YOU GO
Consume: Handheld ground-beef potpies called pasties (pronounced past-eyes and also visualized above) are as ubiquitous in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as tenderloins remain in Indiana. Residents advocate the ones at Miners. One makes a dish.