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Why You Need a Pictured Rocks Road Trip

Paddling along bluffs with Pictured Rocks KayakingPaddling along bluffs with Pictured Rocks Kayaking

The natural beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is out of this world, especially near the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore where two hundred-foot bluffs, sea caves, and sand dunes border 42-miles of Lake Superior.

Magical waterfalls, wildlife, and incredible hiking trails are also found in the park, drawing adventure seekers from across the world to explore its rugged terrain. Within driving distance from Pittsburgh and Cleveland, here’s why a road trip to Pictured Rocks should be in your future:

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See Over 14 Waterfalls

Spray FallsSpray Falls. PC: Craig Blacklock

Munising is the western gateway to the Pictured Rocks. The area has 14 (yes…14!) amazing waterfalls with several of them in the park. From thunderous flows cascading into gorges to roadside falls trickling from creeks, the sights are all unique and worth the venture.

Top 7 Waterfalls of Pictured Rocks

Paddle Along a “Castle”

Miners CastleMiners Castle. PC: Craig Blacklock.

Paddle through sea caves and see a sandstone castle with Pictured Rocks Kayaking, the only outfitter that launches you into the water by boat!

Now offering a 3-hour Miners Castle tour, passengers can explore the caves of the most popular sandstone formation in the park! Otherwise, their 5-hour tour features Lovers Leap, Grand Portal Point, Chapel Rock and Cove, and so much more.

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Explore Amazing Trails to the Bluffs

There are hundreds of miles of trails near the Pictured Rocks.There are hundreds of miles of trails near the Pictured Rocks. PC: Munising Visitors Bureau

The Pictured Rocks offers some of the best hiking trails in the world! From short 10-minute walks to day-long excursions, you have plenty of options to choose from.

How to Experience the Beauty of Pictured Rocks by Trail

Catch a Sunset Cruise in the Fall

Cruising by Lovers LeapCruising by Lovers Leap. PC: Munising Visitors Bureau.

Book a sunset cruise with Pictured Rocks Cruises and see famous landmarks like Lovers Leap, Miners Castle, Chapel Rock, and Grand Island’s East Channel Lighthouse during the autumn aboard one of their 2 to 2 1/2-hour-long tours.

The Perfect Romantic Getaway

See the colors of the Pictured Rocks up close on a kayaking tour.See the colors of the Pictured Rocks up close on a kayaking tour.

Considered one of the most charming spots in America for couples, cozy up in a luxurious hotel or rustic cabin, paddle along the Pictured Rocks in a tandem kayak, and treat yourselves to a great meal with your loved one.

How to Have a Perfect Romantic Weekend in Pictured Rocks

An Adventure for the Whole Family

Kids getting ready to jump in the water at Sand Point Beach at the Pictured RocksKids getting ready to jump in the water at Sand Point Beach at the Pictured Rocks. PC: Munising Visitors Bureau.

With several gorgeous beaches in the park, there’s plenty of space to relax and have a good time. And if you’re looking for more excitement, see how Pictured Rocks Kayaking can accommodate your family.

Why You Should Plan a Long Weekend at Pictured Rocks

Enjoy the Trip UP

Kitch-iti-kipiKitch-iti-kipi. PC: Instagrammer @shawnwolfmanart

Road trips aren’t always boring – especially when there’s plenty of attractions to see along the way. From treasures like Mackinac Island to Kitch-iti-kipi, turn a day trip into an adventure of a lifetime and check these 10 Adventures Off Your UP Bucket List.

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