Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Driving around Lake Michigan, part 2

hiking to miner's falls, michiganIn the morning, we followed the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive before driving back to Empire and then to Traverse City, Petosky, and Mackinaw City. We did not visit Mackinaw Island, but drove across the bridge to the Upper Peninsula. We stopped at several beaches along the north eastern side of Lake Michigan before we drove up to Munising.

We visited Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore in Munising, and hiked up to Miner’s Falls, Castle and Beach. You can also take a Lake Superior Cruise, with great views of the cliffs and shoreline.

Later on, we drove to Silver City and Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. We grilled dinner at a picnic site on a hill overlooking Lake Superior while the boys played in a driftwood fort on the beach.

summit peak observation towerPorcupine Mountains is a great place to explore. We hiked to Lake of the Clouds, climbing over the rocks, and walking through the woods. We also hiked to the Summit Peak Observation Tower. At Presque Isle Falls, we walked across the bridge to the island, then walked through the woods to Lake Superior.

From the Porcupine Mountains, we made our way home. This was a great road trip for our family. It had frequent stops with fun things to do for younger children. If you live in the midwest, and are looking for something to do this summer, think about driving around Lake Michigan.