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Day Trips from Grand Marais

Grand Marais is an ideal base for exploring the richness of the surrounding area. We've prepared several itineraries for day trips, depending on your interests. Pack a lunch, grab the cooler, and have fun exploring the beauty of the Grand Marais area! Each of these tours gives complete driving information and is self-paced and self-guided.

Don't forget: Bug spray, comfortable shoes, and a jacket - the weather can change quickly. Water is available at many spots but bringing something to drink is always a good idea. Gas pumps may be few and far between, especially in Pictured Rocks. Plan ahead.

United States Lifesaving Stations Tour

If you are interested in Great Lakes history, this is a tour you won't want to miss. Come along as we visit the sites of four U.S. Lifesaving Stations, starting right here in Grand Marais. We'll travel east along the lakeshore to Deer Park, the Two-Hearted River, and finally to Crisp Point, where you can climb to the top of Crisp Point Light for an unforgettable view of Lake Superior. You'll drive through some of the U.P.'s most beautiful woods, on real backcountry roads! (Don't worry, they're all well-maintained county roads. Four-Wheel Drive is NOT necessary.) Click here for the tour information pages. You may want to print them out and take them along to know what you are seeing. Plan a minimum of six hours for this trip.

Wild Seney and the Seney Wildlife Refuge

The village of Seney, 30 minutes south of Grand Marais on M-77, was once one of Michigan's most notorious lumbering towns. Don't believe it? Wait until you see Boot Hill Cemetery! The Seney Historical Museum has a fascinating collection of items from the town's wild past, including a jail cell. After browsing through the museum and cemetery, head over to the Seney Wildlife Refuge for a different kind of "wild" life. The Visitor Center has a wonderful hands-on exhibit about the animals and plants to be found here, plus a great historical overview of how this Refuge came to be (most of it is man-made). The Marshland Wildlife Drive is a seven-mile driving loop through the refuge - take it near dusk and you're guaranteed to see beaver, osprey, swans, and much, much more. Plan a minimum of four hours for this trip. Click here for a link to the Seney Wildlife Refuge website.

Scenic Highlights of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - Eastern End

It's impossible to do this jewel of a park justice in just one day, but if you want to whet your appetite, we have a driving tour that will take you to some of the highlights. Start with a visit to Sable Falls, where you can walk down the steps to the bottom of the falls, and then out to Lake Superior via a short trail along the creek. Return to your car, and continue on to the Log Slide, where you can view Lake Superior from the top of 300-foot sand dunes. Another fiew miles west, you'll come to the Hurricane River campgrounds. From here, it's a 1.5 mile walks along a shore road to Au Sable Light. The lighthouse is open in the summer, and you can also see shipwreck remains on the shore west of the light. If you choose to continue on to Twelvemile Beach, you'll pass through the White Birch Forest. Twelvemile Beach is just that - twelve miles long, and one of the most peaceful and secluded beaches in the country. Plan on a minimum of four hours for this tour, more if you plan to visit the lighthouse. Click here to download the Pictured Rocks map in PDF format.

New! Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is offering cell phone audio tours for certain attractions in the park.

Scenic Highlights of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - Western End

The western half of Pictured Rocks is very different from the eastern half.The newly-paved road through the park will take you past Kingston Lake and out through the Kingston Plains, where you can see the remnants of white pine lumbered a hundred years ago. Continue west to beautiful Beaver Basin, which is now a Wilderness Area. There is a self-guiding trail at the Little Beaver Campground, and a trail to Spray Falls. If you enjoy waterfalls, there are trails to Mosquito Falls and Chapel Falls in this end of the park. A short walk from the road is Miners Falls, wellworth a visit before stopping at Miners Castle, where you can view some of the fabulous sandstone cliffs of the Pictured Rocks. You may want to grab a bite to eat in Munising before returning to Grand Marais.. This is really a Day Trip - plan on a minimum of seven hours. Click here to download the Pictured Rocks map in PDF format.

New! Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is offering cell phone audio tours for certain attractions in the park.

 


 
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