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72 Hours of Fun and Adventure in the Upper Peninsula: Announcing a New Field Guide

Another perfect weather weekend in northern Michigan has come and gone (ho hum), and the relentless march of time proceeds, unabated. But while Labor Day may be around the corner, there’s still plenty of time for adventures this summer. And few places are adventurous as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

To help you plan your U.P. adventure, we’ve prepared our newest Field Guide: 72 Hours of Fun and Adventure in the Upper Peninsula. Download a copy of this interesting and insightful U.P. resource – chock full of stunning photos and insider tips – by visiting our Field Guides page.

This was a really fun Field Guide to create. Since we don’t live in the Upper Peninsula, it took a lot of hands-on research to make it happen. And by “hands-on” we mean a 72-hour camping trip with our three little kids. We recounted our experience in more detail in a post from June. For this Field Guide, though, we needed to turn to a more experienced hand.

Several months ago, the uber-creative and always curious Brittany Zeller-Holland (for more information about Brittany check out the spread at the end of the Field Guide), who used to work for us as a designer before going on to bigger and better things as an entrepreneur, graciously wrote a fun post about what to do with 72 hours in the Upper Peninsula. She grew up in the U.P., so she knows of what she writes. Her post is what got us thinking: Let’s take a trip (even further) up north and experience Brittany’s suggested agenda first-hand. While we didn’t see and do everything Brittany recommended (Does anything ever goes as planned when children are involved?), we had a great trip and can’t wait to go back!

This Field Guide goes into detail about Brittany’s recommendations for a long weekend in the U.P., and features our “newbie” perspective gained from our camping trip in June. We had a blast revisiting our adventures as we put this guide together for you.

For example, one of the most enjoyable afternoons we spent in the U.P. was in the quaint town of Grand Marais, which is nestled on the shores of Lake Superior, just to the east of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. In the Field Guide, Brittany implores readers to “please, please, please” carve out time to visit Grand Marais, and she’s spot-on – it’s a must-see during any U.P. adventure. We stopped in Grand Marais after a morning spent hiking and exploring in Pictured Rocks and headed straight for the Lake Superior Brewing Company for lunch and beers. From there we strolled around, grabbed coffees, and made our way down to the lovely Bayshore Park which, as its name suggests, is set right along the bay of this boater’s paradise of a town. The kids burned energy on the swings and slides while we relaxed on a park bench. Grand Marais is great, and Brittany has more suggestions of what to see and do there in the Field Guide.

If you’ve never been to the U.P., or even if it has been a little while since you’ve crossed the Mackinac Bridge, we urge you to get up there. The U.P. has some of the most stunning scenery and friendly people of any place we’ve ever visited. Download a free copy of our Field Guide here for help in planning your trip.

Happy travels!