Travel through Michigan’s upper peninsula can be beautiful during the day but desolate at night. With towns few and far between on some highways and prolific wildlife, it can be a daunting task to drive across it. Here are some travel tips to help make the drive safer.
Check weather reports frequently. Fog clouds often sweep across vast parts of the peninsula.
Check fill tires with air, check spare tire, change oil and check fluids. You do not want to break down on secluded roads or highways.
Never let your gas tank get to low, always keep at least 50 miles worth of gas in your car. just because a town in only a few miles away does not mean if will have a gas station open. Many places are closed by midnight.
Make frequent stops and check in with friends and family while stopped. Letting them know where you are is good encase of accidents or mishaps.
when driving at night or in foggy weather, try to drive behind a semi truck. This is also good to do when driving in Deer season.
keep an emergency car kit with extra flashlight batteries.
Have bottled water and snacks in car. A smaller cooler with freezer pack keeps drinks cool and snacks fresh.
bring your camera, enjoy the scenery and tourist attractions.
Beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline at morning
Lake Michigan’s beautiful shoreline offers sandy beaches and calmer water. Can be viewed along far expanses of route 2. The best spots to stop and enjoy are between the towns of Naubinway and St.Ignace.
The shoreline of Lake superior
Lake superior, Michigan’s great inland sea. Also known as lake gichigami. It is the largest of the great lakes with depths of 1,332 feet.
It has been feature in songs by Gordon Lightfoot, the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The Fitzgerald is the lakes most well known ship wreck.
Gateway to Northern Michigan, Mackinaw bridge!
Mackinaw city and Mackinaw bridge are the gateway to Michigan’s Upper peninsula.
Mackinaw city and Island both offer plenty of tourist attractions. Be sure to savour and enjoy the Salt water taffy, fudge and pasteys.
Agate hunting on Lake superior shoreline
Agates and other beautiful stones can be found along lake superiors shorelines from Michigan to Minnesota.
copper and iron ore can sometimes be found on the beaches too.
Route 28 through Michigan upper peninsula offers break taking views.
misty morning of Lake superior shoreline
The weather can change very fast in the Upper peninsula. Going from sunny to thick white fog in the middle of the day.
Weather reports, maps and GPS can all become life savers when the weather changes for the worst.
Whitefish point at the Shipwreck museum
The calm before the storm. The Edmund Fitzgerald sank 15 miles from whitefish point in Lake superior.
When you watch the water go from calm to boiling in only minutes, you realize just how scary the lake can be.