Grand Marais, Michigan


Location: Lake Superior

Ease of Getting There: 8/10

Ease of Staying There: 9/10

Ease of Eating There: 7/10

On the south shore of Lake Superior you’ll find Grand Marais, a historic village located in Michigan’s upper peninsula. Grand Marais is the only Harbor of Refuge between Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie and is the eastern gateway to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Complete with waterfalls and miles of pristine coastline, you won’t want to miss this four-season tourist destination.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is the star of the show in this picturesque town. Let nature do the talking while viewing breathtaking ice “caves” and other ice formations as you cross-country ski, snowmobile, ice climb, snowshoe, or even winter camp during the winter months. You’ll experience snowfall of over 140 inches, so don’t forget your snow boots!

February brings the beloved UP200 Sled Dog Race. The UP200 trail includes 238 miles of challenging wilderness terrain from Marquette to Grand Marais, Michigan, and back again. On Saturday, February 15, 2020, mushers and their four-footed athletes are being welcomed in Grand Marais during their halfpoint of the race. 

During your stay, grab a bite to eat in town at Dunes Saloon at Lake Superior Brewing Company or Grand Marais Tavern and Restaurant for some local favorites, like homemade pizza. There are plenty of places to stay in Grand Marais, including hotels, motels, resorts, B&Bs, or rent your very own cabin for a private getaway. 

Traveling by car is 6 ½ hours from Detroit and 6 hours from Milwaukee. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or outdoor activities to participate in, Grand Marais, Michigan, has something for everyone!

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