One of my priorities for our trip to Traverse City, Michigan, was to get out on the water. When I saw that the Traverse Tall Ship Company offered sightseeing cruises on a replica of an 1800’s cargo schooner, I got excited and asked Traverse City Tourism if they could arrange a cruise. I am very grateful to Traverse City Tourism and the Tall Ship Manitou for offering me and my kids a complimentary cruise so that I could write this article.
Sails are offered three times daily. We took the 2-hour Moomers Ice Cream Sail which is an afternoon […]
We visited 101 attractions last summer (literally!) and I can honestly say that Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ranks way up there as one of my kids’ favorites.
It was about a 40-minute drive from the Bayshore Resort in Traverse City to Sleeping Bear Dunes, where we spent the day. Our first stop was the Dune Climb.
The Dune Climb was undoubtedly the favorite part for my older two kids. Before you start the climb, you should consider how long you might want to hike the dunes. From the parking lot, you can see only the first hill, […]
Most of the places I’ve written about recently are on my itinerary for Trip 7, the Lake Michigan Circle Tour, in my e-book, How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips. Fayette Historic State Park is not, at least right now, though it will most likely make the next edition. Why didn’t I include it? It’s simple enough–I wasn’t aware of it then. That’s why I’m so glad I had the help of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association to arrange and host my trip. They included the attractions I requested, and also added in others they thought […]
The morning after visiting the land portion of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, we planned to get out on the water. We had a choice of either a 3-hour Pictured Rocks cruise or a 2-hour Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tour. As much as I would have loved to see more of Pictured Rocks, I thought that three hours might be too much for my kids. I was also fascinated by the idea of seeing shipwrecks without having to put scuba gear on and was told we’d get to see a little bit of the Pictured Rocks too, so we picked that one. […]
Situated at Whitefish Point, on the Shipwreck Coast of Lake Superior, is the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. More ships have been wrecked on this coast than anywhere else in the Great Lakes, so it is an appropriate place for the museum.
The museum is on the grounds of the Whitefish Point Light Station, the oldest active light on Lake Superior.
The museum is interesting, but the tone is somber because of the nature of the subject matter. A typical exhibit in the museum consists of the story of a shipwreck along with artifacts recovered from the wreck, and […]
I had wanted to see the Mackinac Bridge for a long time and thanks to UPtravel.com, who hosted our lodging and attractions, my kids and I were finally able to see the bridge and the Upper Peninsula this summer. The Mackinac Bridge (pronounced Mackinaw) is an engineering marvel. At five miles long, it is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere, and the fifth longest in the world.
Completed in 1957, the bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac, the waterway that connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Over 4 million vehicles cross the bridge each year. The towers […]
When I decided to do a series of posts about the photos in my header, I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with this photo. With every other photo, I’ve told you about how you can experience that destination yourself. This one’s a little tougher because it was taken at a relative’s house. Unless Uncle Ray starts renting rooms, you are not going to be able to take a picture of your kids sitting on this wall looking at the boats on Lake Erie. So, I’m going to expand the subject of this post to beaches […]
Historic lighthouses can be found on both coasts, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Great Lakes. Today I’m featuring the Wind Point Lighthouse near Racine, Wisconsin. My husband grew up about a mile from this lighthouse, so we visited the lighthouse during one of our trips to Grandma’s house.
The Wind Point Lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places, for good reason. It became operational in 1880, making it one of the oldest active lighthouses on the Great Lakes. It stands at 108 ft., so […]