New York Times visits Michigan's Upper Peninsula, loves it

Steve Reddicliffe quickly figured out that 36 hours isn't enough time to spend in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

So when the New York Times deputy travel editor visited the U.P. for the newspaper's "36 Hours" series, he had his hands full - and a lot of land to cover.

Reddicliffe gives a national audience a quick tour of what the Upper Peninsula has to offer, ranging from Tahquamenon Falls to Seney National Wildlife Refuge to Scott Falls to Black Rock Cliffs to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

That, right there, is a lot to cover in a weekend. But, as the more than 311,000 Yoopers who live up there will tell you, there is much, much, much more to discover.

"There’s almost nothing small about the Upper Peninsula," Reddicliffe says to begin his piece. "Lake Superior is the biggest of the Great Lakes. Tahquamenon Falls is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. In square miles, the Upper Peninsula is bigger than Maryland. Its beauty is outsize.

"But it is also remote. There can be ice on Lake Superior in June. Summers are short. All of which may explain why there are only about 311,000 Yoopers, as residents are known, many of whom are given to wry humor — Rodney Dangerfield in a deer blind.

"A weekend is not enough time here, but in nonpolar weather it is sufficient to hike, kayak, bike and get a taste of the peninsula’s endless allure (whitefish and pasties will be served)."

Read the full 36-hour tour here.

This wouldn't be the first time a New Yorker was impressed with the Upper Peninsula this year. If you recall, New York-based online ticketing website TickPick inadvertently picked a fight with Yoopers last month after leaving the Upper Peninsula off its map - leading to co-founder and co-CEO Brett Goldberg to make a spur-of-the-moment trip to Marquette's Blackrocks Brewery to meet residents.

Contact Brian Manzullo: bmanzullo@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @BrianManzullo.

© 2017 Detroit Free Press


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