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Old 06-22-2019, 03:14 PM   #1
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Lake Superior circle route

We are planning on taking 6 days to go around Lake Superior this summer. Starting in Bayfield, through Thunderbay, Wawa, Sault Ste Marie, and Munisign.


What are some of the "must see" stops along the way?
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Old 06-22-2019, 04:28 PM   #2
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Im no expert on the area. But we liked the Pictured Rocks area. Did a sunset cruise to view which was nice. Also good hiking around there
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Old 06-22-2019, 05:08 PM   #3
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Grand Marais, MI, is a picturesque little town..........I would stop there for a bit, if I was doing the circle drive. Stop and see the Devils Logslide near there........amazing sand dunes, great views of Lake Superior:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti..._Michigan.html

Also, there is a little brewpub in town that has great whitefish for lunch/dinner, if you like fresh fish. I think this is the place:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaura...la_Michig.html
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I suggest you see Tahquamenon Falls, second largest east of the Mississippi. We liked the campground just downstream. The lower falls were better than the upper, and I think easier to get to.
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DW and I did this loop about 15 years ago. One of my favorite stops was Grand Portage National Monument in MN.
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Old 06-22-2019, 06:25 PM   #6
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6 days seems like too little because there is so much to see unless you plan to be in the car a lot.
Having done parts of it I would suggest:
Apostle Islands, at least a day or two if you combine with Bayfield and Madeline Island
Duluth, the San Francisco of the north.
Copper Harbor, historic and pretty
Porcupine Mountains, loads of hiking
Isle Royale NP, very remote accessible by boat only.
Marquette, fun college town worth a night or two

A little bit off the circle, but fun to visit:
Mackinac Island
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If the gales come stealing, make for Whitefish Bay.
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If the gales come stealing, make for Whitefish Bay.
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they called 'gitche gumee'
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Having done parts of it I would suggest:
Apostle Islands, at least a day or two if you combine with Bayfield and Madeline Island
Duluth, the San Francisco of the north.
Copper Harbor, historic and pretty
Porcupine Mountains, loads of hiking
Isle Royale NP, very remote accessible by boat only.
Marquette, fun college town worth a night or two

A little bit off the circle, but fun to visit:
Mackinac Island
Good list, + Pictured Rocks.
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Sleeping Bear dunes.
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Sleeping Bear dunes.

Nice place, but wrong Great Lake for the Lake Superior Circle Tour
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Sleeping Bear dunes.

We will try this one when we do the Lake Michigan circle route.
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You may find that 6 days is not really enough, particularly if you take the time to let yourself get lost(figurative) in the area.

Starting/looking around Duluth, driving through the Porkies and spending time in Copper Country could easily be your 6 days.

Map of Michigan WaterFalls. Some people will think that once you've seen couple you've seen them all. Some are more of rapids than falls. We've always enjoyed them and the hike that some entail to get there.

What we like about the UP, applies elsewhere in this country. If you can for a few moment in time, throw off modern day structure and let your mind/body daydream its an amazing place.
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The Agawa Canyon tour train out of Sault Ste. Marie Ont. is a nice day trip, especially in September when the fall color is starting to peak. The train is in high demand at that time of year, though.
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We will try this one when we do the Lake Michigan circle route.
The spring fed pond at Palms Book State Park in Michigan is worth a stop. Closer to Lake Michigan circle route - about 45 miles south of Lake Superior
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Such a beautiful area and I agree 6 days is not enough.
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Such a beautiful area and I agree 6 days is not enough.

Probably not. But then we are only a 8 hour drive away from Thunderbay, Ont so can do it again easily in the future. This was just a chance to get away for 6 days and we thought we would just see the highlights.
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The next time you go copper falls state park is beautiful and Hayward is fun. I spent every summer of my childhood in the cable area. Last year I took my husband to all those places from the West. Previously he had only seen Kenosha and I wanted him to see the beautiful part of Wisconsin.
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The next time you go copper falls state park is beautiful and Hayward is fun. I spent every summer of my childhood in the cable area. Last year I took my husband to all those places from the West. Previously he had only seen Kenosha and I wanted him to see the beautiful part of Wisconsin.
I skied the Birkebeiner a couple times. I know Hayward/Cable well. Beautiful part of Wisconsin.
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