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Michigan – Old Mission Peninsula

Mission Point Lighthouse - Traverse City

While in Traverse City, we had the opportunity to explore the Old Mission Peninsula with a personal tour guide, Mike Norton, Media Relations Manager of Traverse City Tourism. Normally I don’t write about experiences that my readers can’t do themselves, and while you may not be able to have a personalized tour with Mike, you can certainly take a self-guided tour. This 16-mile-long finger of land protrudes into Grand Traverse Bay, dividing it into a West Arm and an East Arm. The peninsula is named for a Christian mission to the Native Americans founded in May 1839 by Rev. Peter […]

New England – Six Activities for Six States

New England

New England has much to see and now is a good time to talk about some fun things you can do in each state, just in time for the spring when many of the region’s holiday companies will be putting together deals and trips for the upcoming vacation season. This post was provided and sponsored by Holiday Hypermarket.

Image by Ben Ramirez, used under Creative Commons license

So, what can you do in New England? Here are six suggestions for these six glorious states.

Cycling

We all love cycling, and it’s something that we can all do quite easily […]

Michigan – Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

Edmund Fitzgerald Bell at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

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 […]

Michigan – Mackinac Bridge: Gateway to Yooperland

Mackinac Bridge Closeup

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 […]

Maine – Lobster Boat Cruise

pushing trap - lobster cruise

One of the more unique activities we’ve done on vacation was going on a cruise on a working lobster boat. Lucky Catch Cruises in Portland, Maine offers 90-minute cruises on which you can learn all about trapping lobsters, by doing it yourself. Lucky Catch takes passengers on cruises only in the summer; the rest of the year it is a commercial lobster boat.

This is not your ordinary sightseeing cruise. You and your kids will be outfitted in an apron or bib overalls in preparation for the work you will do.

Captain Tom and his crew will take you […]

Wisconsin – Wind Point Lighthouse

Wind Point Lighthouse

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 […]