Why Some People Forget The UP Is Part Of Michigan

Why is it that when people talk about Michigan or create Michigan memorabilia they sometimes forget to add the Upper Peninsula?

Is it because we refer to it as ‘the Mitten?’ I mean, we do have two “mittens” to accurately represent our beloved state. Yet, we don’t.

Or maybe it’s because some people forget and think that the U.P. is part of Wisconsin or Canada.

I’ve lived in Michigan most of my life and I’m not going to lie, sometimes I forget the U.P. is part of the state. I really couldn’t tell you why. I know that it is, I guess it just slips my mind sometimes. Maybe it’s because I rarely visit the U.P.

I asked some of my friends and family why they think the U.P. is often forgotten and their response was, “Because it looks like it’s part of Wisconsin or could be part of Canada.”

Speaking of Wisconsin, Stephanie Jones, a real estate agent from Marquette, told the Detroit Free Press that Wisconsin never forgets the U.P. and a majority of them are Packers fans.

The Lions fans get all defensive. But we have more season ticket holders in Marquette for the Packers. They’re only three hours away.

Listen, I’m no expert, but maybe that’s why the bottom half of the state “forgets” about the U.P. I don’t really know the first thing about football either, but I’m a Lions fan by default because I grew up in the mitten.

One thing people never forget is how how beautiful the U.P. is. If you’re looking for some great adventures this summer, there’s tons of stuff to do.

Don’t forget to add these¬†vacation spots, camping locations and waterfalls to your vacation bucket list!

Michigan Waterfalls You Absolutely Have to Visit

Tahquamenon Falls

It’s one of the most massive waterfalls east of the Mississippi. There are actually two different sets of waterfalls, so don’t miss it when you make the trek to see this Michigan wonder. Located in McMillan Township, MI 49768

Sable Falls

Located in the eastern part of Pictured Rocks State Park (Burt Township, MI 49839). These falls are over 75-feet on a fractured series of sandstone formations, which makes this one of the must see falls anywhere in Michigan.

Miners Falls

Another Pictured Rocks waterfall, located in Munising Township, MI 49884. But there is a parking lot for these falls, so you don’t have to hike too much to find this one. There are some steps to get to the waterfall but when you get there you’ll be able to get fairly close to this 40 foot tall waterfall.

Munising Falls

This one of many to find in Pictured Rocks Park, and it is easy to find as it is right off of E. Munising Ave just as you leave town. The waterfall is usually lighter than others but the waterfall is still over 50 feet high and has great places to get a good picture.

Bond Falls

This is going to be a little tougher to find as it is off the major roads in the U.P. But when you find Bond Falls, you will be happy you did as you will get to see this multi-level waterfall in a quiet place.

Manido Falls

This is located on Presque Island, and it boasts an impressive 15-foot drop. When you get here you will be able to hike it and also climb some parts of this Michigan wonder.

Manabezho Falls

This is located in Porcupine Mountains State Park, which sits on the Presque Isle River. This waterfall is more long than tall, but it is one of the more powerful waterfalls on this list.

Gabbro Falls

This is an easier waterfall to find on the Black River Scenic Byway and it is near the Blackjack Mountain Big Snow Resort. This is one of the furthest away waterfalls as it is only about 20 miles from the Wisconsin border. The Gabbro falls are also known as the Baker Falls so just a heads up if you are searching for it and can’t find it.

Potawatomi Falls

You will find this in the Black River Scenic Byway, and when you do you will see what most call the best waterfall in Michigan. You may want to find a hotel or someone you know who lives near here cause it is quite a drive. You’ll be closer to Wisconsin and the Central time zone than Lansing.

Sable Falls

Located in the eastern part of Pictured Rocks State Park (Burt Township, MI 49839). These falls are over 75-feet on a fractured series of sandstone formations, which makes this one of the must see falls anywhere in Michigan.

Miners Falls

Another Pictured Rocks waterfall, located in Munising Township, MI 49884. But there is a parking lot for these falls, so you don’t have to hike too much to find this one. There are some steps to get to the waterfall but when you get there you’ll be able to get fairly close to this 40 foot tall waterfall.

Munising Falls

This one of many to find in Pictured Rocks Park, and it is easy to find as it is right off of E. Munising Ave just as you leave town. The waterfall is usually lighter than others but the waterfall is still over 50 feet high and has great places to get a good picture.

Bond Falls

This is going to be a little tougher to find as it is off the major roads in the U.P. But when you find Bond Falls, you will be happy you did as you will get to see this multi-level waterfall in a quiet place.

Manido Falls

This is located on Presque Island, and it boasts an impressive 15-foot drop. When you get here you will be able to hike it and also climb some parts of this Michigan wonder.

Manabezho Falls

This is located in Porcupine Mountains State Park, which sits on the Presque Isle River. This waterfall is more long than tall, but it is one of the more powerful waterfalls on this list.

Gabbro Falls

This is an easier waterfall to find on the Black River Scenic Byway and it is near the Blackjack Mountain Big Snow Resort. This is one of the furthest away waterfalls as it is only about 20 miles from the Wisconsin border. The Gabbro falls are also known as the Baker Falls so just a heads up if you are searching for it and can’t find it.

Potawatomi Falls

You will find this in the Black River Scenic Byway, and when you do you will see what most call the best waterfall in Michigan. You may want to find a hotel or someone you know who lives near here cause it is quite a drive. You’ll be closer to Wisconsin and the Central time zone than Lansing.

Source: WITL, Lansing, MI

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