May 16 2023

2023 Is Warming Up. Plot Your Summertime Family Adventure in Munising Now

2023-05-16T14:11:12-05:00May 16th, 2023|

Maybe you’ve spent the last few months mostly cooped up, observing the kids inundate themselves with screens playing video games or creating new dances for TikTok. We’re getting deeper into 2023 and as the weather improves the excuses to not be outside wane. It’s time to reacquaint the family with the great outdoors — and the

Mar 14 2023

Spring Is For Waterfalls in Munising

2023-03-14T09:02:20-05:00March 14th, 2023|

Spring is a refreshing season. Nature’s thaw encourages a revitalized exploration with fresh itineraries. The landscapes emerge out of hibernation, and we follow suit to admire its renewed splendor. Of course, spring showers are the impetus for the verdant rejuvenation. The air begins to hold more moisture and escapes in the form of rain as temperatures

Jan 30 2023

How a Chicago trade show, 4 Michigan residents and a stop at a bar launched an international festival

2023-01-30T11:36:12-05:00January 30th, 2023|

As Bill Thompson tells it, the Michigan Ice Fest, slated for its 31st year in Munising from Feb. 8-12, had humble beginnings that slowly developed into a world-renowned location for professional ice climbers as well as the best spot for the sport’s newcomers to learn. Thompson, in a recent podcast with MLive’s Eric Hultgren, recounts that

Nov 11 2022

U.P. snowmobiling: 3 top rides to experience near Pictured Rocks

2022-11-11T10:29:38-05:00November 11th, 2022|

There was a time, Dan Nadeau remembers, that visiting the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which has attracted as many 1.3 million people to Munising in a single year, was a distant second driver of tourism in Alger County. Instead, the primary attraction was that the region served as the "Snowmobiling Capital of the Midwest," where more

Sep 28 2022

Munising in the fall: Fewer crowds, more beauty and daytime trip ideas

2022-09-28T08:18:44-05:00September 28th, 2022|

With Labor Day in the rearview mirror and the prospect of snowmobiling on the 330-plus miles of groomed trails in the Munising area just two months away, a visit to Michigan’s U.P. might not seem to be in play. However, there are other lenses to look through when considering a fall getaway – starting with the

May 6 2022

Why Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will get even better in 2022 and beyond

2022-05-06T09:43:58-05:00May 6th, 2022|

In the coming years, Sue Reece, a ranger at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, expects to see trails improved and expanded, bridges refortified and seasonal maintenance staff added to the 73,000-acre Upper Peninsula gem that became the country’s first national lakeshore in 1966. The upgrades and the personnel will come via visitor entrance fees that launched at

Mar 14 2022

Powerful Munising waterfalls are at highwater with snow melt in the spring

2022-03-14T09:50:03-05:00March 14th, 2022|Tags: |

The snow will melt, even if five months of Upper Peninsula winter storm systems has convinced you otherwise. And when it does, there’s no better place to be in Michigan than in Munising, where it’s possible to witness the natural beauty of 17 waterfalls come alive during the transition from frozen masses to the ferocity and

Feb 24 2022

Ice Fest is over, but here’s why you shouldn’t miss another winter moment in Munising

2022-02-24T13:17:33-05:00February 24th, 2022|

Michigan Ice Fest, the Midwest’s largest ice climbing festival that brings outdoor adventure opportunities to the masses and professional-level athletes to Munising, sadly, is over for 2022. But that doesn’t mean this year’s seasonal winter fun is done in Munising, the U.P. city that is also the home base for getting outside at the Pictured Rocks

Jan 20 2022

The Magic of Pictured Rocks Sunsets in Photos

2022-01-20T10:27:11-05:00January 20th, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

While nothing compares to a sunset over Lake Superior, watching the rays reflect off magical cliffs and caves in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is truly an unforgettable experience. Stretching 42-miles along the shoreline between the cities of Munising and Grand Marais in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Pictured Rocks park has some of the best beaches and areas around to catch