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Why Pictured Rocks is a Bucket List Destination

Kayakers next to the multicolored cliffs of Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreThe towering cliffs of Pictured Rocks should be on your bucket list.

Gigantic sandstone cliffs and sea caves, hundreds of miles of peaceful trails, incredible waterfalls, and beautiful sandy beaches and dunes make up the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Located near Munising, Michigan, discover what visitors are calling a trip of lifetime! Here’s why a Pictured Rocks adventure is topping bucket lists across the globe:

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1. Paddle Close Enough to Touch

Kayak Through Sea Caves & Much More

Kayak through Sea CavesPaddle close enough to touch.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is renowned for its vibrant cliffs, dramatic rock formations (like Lovers Leap), and crystal-clear waters. Kayaking allows you to get up close and personal with these awe-inspiring geological wonders, providing a perspective that’s not possible from land. Sea caves dot the shoreline and many are big enough to paddle through.

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With Pictured Rocks Kayaking, No Experience is Needed

Kayaking next to multicolored cliffsChildren to seniors are able to kayak next to multicolored cliffs.

With a safety-first mindset, first timers and skilled kayakers alike are raving about Pictured Rocks Kayaking. As long as you have upper body mobility, no experience is needed to kayak with Pictured Rocks Kayaking.

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Get Straight to the Good Stuff

Kayak through Sea Caves

As the only outfitter in the area with an offshore launch, Pictured Rocks Kayaking anchors near the most scenic parts of the national lakeshore after a relaxing boat ride, with staff then helping passengers into the water for approximately two hours of paddling time. To ensure the safety of everyone, the boat stays with the kayakers throughout their entire adventure. Bathroom breaks and rests are a breeze.

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2. Have the Perfect Romantic Getaway

Have the Perfect Romantic Getaway

If you’re looking for a beautiful place to unwind with your significant other, look no further. From cozy cottages deep in the forests to luxurious hotels with lake views, there are plenty of options to fit your desires. After exploring the area’s natural beauty, treat your palate to fresh Lake Superior whitefish caught that day and enjoy a sunset on the beach.

How to Have a Romantic Weekend at Pictured Rocks


3. Check Out Over 15 Gorgeous Waterfalls

Check Out Over 15 Gorgeous WaterfallsPC: Munising Visitors Bureau

There are over 15 luscious waterfalls found in the Munising area, with several in the Pictured Rocks! Looking for something to do while you wait to board a cruise, kayak the Pictured Rocks, or bike around Grand Island? Break up your adventure by chasing magnificent falls that are all within minutes of downtown Munising.

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4. Unwind on the Serene Hiking Trails

Unwind on the Serene Hiking TrailsPC: Instagrammer @wiredtohunt/Munising Visitors Bureau

Although best viewed by water, exploring the Pictured Rocks by foot offers some of the most tranquil experiences one can only bask in by land. So, put on a pair of comfortable shoes, grab a snack, water, map, and check out the most amazing trails Michigan has to offer.

The 5 Most Scenic Hikes in the Pictured Rocks


5. Enjoy a Relaxing Boat Ride

Pictured Rocks Cruises touring along the national lakeshorePictured Rocks Cruises touring along the national lakeshore.

Delighting passengers along the gorgeous shoreline as the oldest tour company in Munising, Pictured Rocks Cruises operates every day from early May to mid-October. View the brilliantly colored cliffs, sea caves, waterfalls and see famous landmarks like Lovers Leap, Miners Castle, Chapel Rock, and Grand Island’s East Channel Lighthouse aboard one of their 2 to 2 1/2-hour-long tours.

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6. Experience Stunning Fall Foliage

Grand Portal during Fall in Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreGrand Portal Point in Autumn, PRNL. PC: Tim Trombley

In the autumn, vibrant scarlets, vivid oranges, and deep burgundies line the cliff tops and reflect off the crystal blue waters of Lake Superior – further illuminating the hues in the sandstone rock face. The best part? Kayak and boat tours are offered in the fall so you can relish in the beauty by water and land.

Why Fall is the Perfect Time to Paddle Pictured Rocks


7. See Historic Lighthouses Along the Shoreline

The East Channel LighthouseThe East Channel Lighthouse. PC: MI Playground

While Munising and the Pictured Rocks area have six beautiful and historical lighthouses nestled along the shores of the big lake, the East Channel on Grand Island is arguably the most popular.

Resembling an old schoolhouse, the lighthouse is on private property and can only be admired while you’re on the water.


So, How Do I Get There?

Downtown Munising on an autumn dayDowntown Munising on an autumn day. PC: Instagrammer @maymiejameson

The voyage to your destination while traveling is all a part of the adventure. Whether you drive through Wisconsin or the Lower Peninsula, there are plenty of sights to see along the way. If you’re short on time, fly into Sawyer International Airport, which is conveniently located in the central U.P. and easy to navigate.

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Kayaking Pictured Rocks: Check It Off Your Bucket List

Pictured Rocks Kayaking Miners Castle TourPaddling next to a trickling waterfall on a Miners Castle Tour.

Pictured Rocks Kayaking tours start at $99, making a multi-hour adventure more accessible. No experience is necessary and many are surprised at how easy it is to paddle Pictured Rocks.Pictured Rocks Kayaking will produce lifelong memories. Tours fill up fast, so book yours today!

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