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Up North Michigan


To those of us who grew up in Michigan, "up north" began north of Clare and in some cases north of Indian River.  Historically speaking it wasn't always this way. When Michigan was being opened to exploration and settlement, most folks arrived in Detroit first. Going west from there usually involved a journey down the Great Sauk Trail, US 12 today, to Chicago. That road was the frontier. "Up North" of that road was wilderness Michigan where bears and wolverines were known to prowl.

The upper peninsula of Michigan is as different from the lower as can be imagined. Nearly a third of the land mass of the state, the upper offers amazing variety east and west.

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Up North Michigan is a road trip guide for your up north vacation or Michigan up north getaway. You will find towns for living, urban secrets to rediscover in some of our better known towns and historic destinations that are within driving distance of home. There are waterfalls, trees and sturgeon. Small inns and old Michigan destinations that you may have overlooked may be around the next bend.