Travel to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (and Mackinac Island) – Episode 484

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Travel to Michigan's Upper Peninsula (and Mackinac Island) - Episode 484


Hear about travel to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (the UP) as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jennifer Schuitema from Grand Rapids Michigan about travel to the northern remote part of the Great Lake State.

“The upper Peninsula of Michigan is bordered by northern Wisconsin on the west and Canada to the east, separated by the St. Mary’s River. It’s connected to the lower Peninsula of Michigan by the Mackinac Bridge which happens to be the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere. It has a diverse natural beauty. Within a relatively short distance you can experience the shores of three of the Great Lakes: Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Superior, islands, rocky lake shore, and sandy beaches. Inland you have rivers, waterfalls, forests, bogs and lots of wildlife.”

“There is lots of history there, particularly Native American and early French explorers (the early fur trade). There’s military history also and then of course there’s tons of recreation in the UP also. There’s camping, hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and hunting. If you are into winter activities there’s snow mobiling, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and dog sledding. One of my favorite things about the UP is that it’s remote.”

We start at historic Mackinac Island which was the nation’s second National Park. Jennifer recommends a visit to Fort Mackinac which was built by the British in the Revolutionary War and saw action in the War of 1812. The downtown is a national historic landmark district which is “lovely, quaint and well preserved”. No cars are allowed on the island so transportation is done with bikes, horses and feet. The island has numerous festivals including the Festival of the Horse, the Lilac Festival and the Chicago Yacht Club’s race to Mackinac.

From Mackinac Island we head up to the area around Paradise Michigan on the shore of Lake Superior. “Lake Superior is the biggest and the coldest. There is something mysterious about Lake Superior”. Jennifer recommends a hike to the Tahquamenon Falls, a visit to the historic Whitefish Point Light Station, and the Ship Wreck Museum where we can learn more about wrecks like the Edmund Fitzgerald.

We end at Sault Ste Marie and Sugar Island. Sault Ste Marie is the oldest city in Michigan. You can tour the Soo Locks which see about 10,000 ships a year, mostly ships carrying iron ore or coal. You should also visit the Valley Camp museum on a retired freighter. Sugar island provides a quiet getaway just east of Sault Ste Marie.

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Show Notes

Upper Peninsula of Michigan
UP Travel
Mackinac Bridge
Mackinaw City
Mackinac Island
Fort Mackinac
Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry
Grand Hotel Mackinac Island
Harbour View Inn
Main Street Inn & Suites
Mackinac Island Fudge
Mackinac Island Fudge Festival
Lilac Festival
Festival of the Horse
Fort Mackinac Tea Room
Doud’s Market
British Landing
Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac Post Cemetery
The Jockey Club
Bistro on the Green
The Woods Restaurant
Paradise, Michigan
Seney, Michigan
Chamberlin’s Old Forest Inn
Magnuson Grand Lakefront
Bessie’s Original Homemade Pasties
Tahquamenon Falls
Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub
Whitefish Point Light Station
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Superior Birding Trail
Sault Ste. Marie
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Soo Locks
Askwith Lockview Motel
Ramada Plaza Sault Ste. Marie Ojibway
Lockview Restaurant
Valley Camp
Sugar Island
Timber Ridge Resort
Osborne Preserve
Jennifer Schuitema –
Haymaker — Adam Schuitema


feedback on Travel to Cameroon – Episode 483

Tamara wrote:

I was overwhelmingly dismayed by the constant derogatory remarks made about Africa by the host Francis and by his patronizing manner with Rejoice, the country’s native. In the many, many shows that I have listened to this was the only episode that I actually felt so strongly about that I had to write. Please do not use Francis again. He is offensive.

David wrote:

We Africans are usually very sensitive when non-Africans talk about our continent and dare to criticise it. Most Westerners come to Africa with their stereotypes firmly cemented – and either views us as “the smiling native”, “the noble savage” or “the corrupt basketcase”. However, I really enjoyed listening to Francis; his love for Africa was obvious, and earned him the right to be critical when the situation called for it.

He’s not made me want to visit Cameroon (and I’m from Nigeria!), but I’ve really, really enjoyed listening to this episode.

Travel to Michigan's Upper Peninsula (and Mackinac Island) - Episode 484

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

6 Responses to “Travel to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (and Mackinac Island) – Episode 484”



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Melanie Casey


Love listening to the show. I have lived in Michigan for over 20 years- not a native- so I had to have the UP and the island explained to me. The U P podcast guest did a terrible job, if she is so geographically challenged to only think of the island as the U P she should get a map out and
Look at it. Perhaps re title the episode as the island and a couple things in the eastern section of the U P



I distinctly remember her saying a peninsula bordered by Wisconsin on the west in the first minute of the show

Don Bly


I’ve spent a lot of time in the U.P. and the Island, and I enjoyed this very much and learned a lot. The podcast is clearly about both the island and the parts of the U.P. that are within easy driving distance from it. Arguing about the Island as part of the peninsula or not is a moot point. The podcast is clearly about both places.

In the U.P. they call people from the Lower Peninsula “trolls” because they live “under the bridge.”

“Trolls” are also for people who spend too much time exchanging barbs on the Internet. Be nice. Listen. And learn something.

Jennifer Schuitema


I assure you I’m not “geographically challenged.” I pitched a show to Chris for Mackinac Island and the Eastern Upper Peninsula. In the pitch I listed the locations I would include, none of them west of Tahquamenon. For more on the Upper Peninsula, listen to episode 236 in which Pictured Rocks, Keweenaw National Historic Park, Porcupine Mountains State Park, and Isle Royale are covered in an overview of the entire state of Michigan. (Geographically, Mackinac Island is a part of the Upper Peninsula, as it is part of Mackinac County.)

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