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Michigan – Palms Book State Park a.k.a. Kitch-iti-Kipi

View from the raft at Palms Book State Park

When I first heard about the Big Spring at Palms Book State Park, I was fascinated and knew I just had to go see it. And, except for the mosquitoes (bring your insect repellent–you’ve been warned!), I was not disappointed. This place is amazing and is the perfect attraction to conclude my series on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Words alone don’t suffice in explaining it, so you’ll have to see it to believe it. Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan’s largest freshwater spring and is located within Palms Book State Park. The spring is two hundred feet across and 40 feet deep and […]

Michigan – Oswald’s Bear Ranch

Feeding a bear cub at Oswald's Bear Ranch

On our second day in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula we started our morning at Oswald’s Bear Ranch. To be quite candid about it, this was the big reason we went to the U.P. Here’s how it happened: I came home from the Midwest Travel Writers Association conference with lots of brochures and told my kids to look them over to see what places interested them. My older daughter, who was 12 at the time, took one look at a picture of a girl with a bear and wrote “We must do this” in the brochure. I believe in following kids’ interests […]

Michigan – Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Brink of Upper Tahquamenon Falls

Tahquamenon Falls State Park is home to one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. Although there are 50,000 acres to explore and another set of falls, most visitors go to see the mighty Upper Falls: up to 50,000 gallons of water per second falling almost 50 feet across 200 feet. And I confess, that’s exactly what we did–we went to see the highlight and skipped everything else.

When we arrived, we found a Fact Shack with a sign with some very helpful information, starting with how to pronounce Tahquamenon. It rhymes with “phenomenon.” We also found out […]

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 […]