Excellent four-day trip from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
For all-day excursions, both cultural and natural.
From Sault Ste. Marie, you are just a few minutes’ drive from the attractive combination of adventure and historyoffered by the forests of the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the margins of Lake Superior.
Day one: Visit Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Light from Point Iroquois Lighthouse (Faro Point Iroquois) marks the entrance to the St. Marys River from Lake Superior. The tower, which was built in 1855 and modernized in 1870, is 20 meters high and houses a museum. Climb the 72 steps that lead to the top and then you can cool off on the nearby beach.
How to get there: West of Sault Ste. Marie, take the Michigan 6 Mile to the Curley Lewis Highway (Curley Lewis Road) towards Brimley. The lighthouse complex is located 12 kilometers north on 6 Mile Road.
Day two: Discover Mission Point Overlook
Set out on a simple 6.4-kilometer walk along the ridge and up a simple zigzag path that takes you to Mission Point Overlook (Mirador Mission Point). During the tour, you can enjoy excellent views of the transparent Spectacle and Monocle lakes, as well as Lake Superior. The viewpoint, with its colorful leaves in autumn, is the favorite place of the locals.
How to get there: West of Sault Ste. Marie, take the Michigan 6 Mile to the Curley Lewis Highway through Brimley, approximately 4 miles to Lakeshore Drive. Continue 8 kilometers to Tower Road (Tower Road), which is 2.5 kilometers from the starting point.
Day Three: Explore Tahquamenon Falls
This waterfall, which is one of the largest in the eastern United States, has a height of 15 meters. The hemlock and cedar swamps that flow into the Tahquamenon River (Tahquamenon River) add a hint of honey color to the water. At a distance of approximately 6.5 kilometers downstream, you will find the Lower Falls, five smaller waterfalls that surround the island. You can rent a rowing boat at the Portage Campground concession and paddle around the island to take pictures and picnics.
How to get there: West of Sault Ste. Marie, take Michigan Highway 123 (northbound Michigan 123) north through Eckerman to Paradise. Then, the road winds southwest, passing the Upper Falls exit to Newberry.
Day four: Visit the Whitefish Point Lighthouse
The lighthouse at Whitefish Point points to the southern bank of the lake area where most wrecks have happened, which is known as “The Great Lakes Cemetery” and is the oldest active lighthouse (1849) in Lake Superior. You can visit the Shipwreck Museum and climb to the top to get a view of the bay to the mouth of St. Mary’s River.
How to get there: West of Sault Ste. Marie, takes the Michigan 6 Mile Road in Brimley, then continue along the waterfront to the Curley Lewis Highway. The lighthouse complex is located 38 kilometers west on 6 Mile Road from Sault Ste. Marie.
How to get to Sault Ste. Marie
You can get to Chippewa County International Airport, located 20 miles south of Sault Ste. Marie by direct Delta flights from Detroit, Michigan. From there, it is easy to rent a car and head to “Las Soo”.