Getting There And Getting Around Michigan

by Mary Caperton Morton
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Part of the Upper Peninsula’s appeal is its inaccessibility. The U.P. boasts a few small airports with service from Detroit and Chicago, but they have limited car rentals, so driving up from Michigan’s lower mitt or from Wisconsin or Ontario (across the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge) is probably your best bet. Fortunately for travelers, much of the region’s economy is tourism-based and even the smallest waypoints offer cozy cabins and bed and breakfasts. Campsites are also plentiful throughout the U.P.

Traveling to the U.P. in the offseason between November and May requires more advanced planning, as many summer residents close their businesses and retreat south for the winter. Storms can develop quickly — the Edmund Fitzgerald left port on smooth waters the day it sank — and dump several meters of snow within a few hours. Come prepared, however, and you’ll be treated to spectacular storms and a crowds-free winter wonderland.

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