Posted by: Kath Usitalo | June 15, 2012

Friday Freebie: Upper Peninsula Travel Guide

“Choose your path” encourages the Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association in its hot-off-the-press, 100-page magazine-style guide.

The intro hints at ways to experience the U.P. your way, from quiet solitude of the wilderness to an opera performance, a glass bottom boat shipwreck tour to kayaking the Pictured Rocks (cover photo, above).

No mention of pasties and black flies though, eh?

You can flip through the UPTRA Travel Planner online at, or request a free copy to have on hand as you explore the 16,452 square miles of the U.P. The guide suggests seasonal and adventure activities like snowmobiling, off-roading, rock collecting and birding.

The “Favorite Attractions” section features 53 natural and manmade must-sees, followed by a directory-style listing of some places to stay, eat, and visit organized by town. Fun facts and travel tips are scattered throughout.

A monument to Bishop Baraga, The Snowshoe Priest

I like the two pages dedicated to each of the U.P.’s 15 counties. There’s a bit of history, attraction highlights, photos and “Off the Beaten Path” trivia, such as:
“Gogebic (pronounced ‘go-gib-ick’ or go-geeb-ick’) is Ojibwa for ‘where trout rising to the surface make rings in the water.”

Check out the Baraga County info and the photo of the Bishop Baraga Shrine on page 23, taken by yours truly. It first appeared here at Great Lakes Gazette in the story, Bishop Baraga, R.I.P

Even if it didn’t include the photo of the monument, the UPTRA Travel Planner would be more than worth its cover price.

Visitor Info Clicks:

Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation

Pure Michigan



  1. I recognize this fellow! Thanks for highlighting our fair peninsula, Kath. Please let me know if you’re ever in the area. We’ll have coffee or tea or meet along the shores of Superior.

    • Sure hope to visit your area again soon and will call…

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