Mackianc County

The Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament

The Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament

Every 4th of July people gather on the south side of Mackinac Island at Windermere Point for the annual Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Tournament. A few hundred people assemble, building up the noon tournament of stone skipping professionals. For the amateur division, anyone can enter for just $5, w... Read more

Wild Bloomers on Mackinac Island

Wild Bloomers on Mackinac Island

Have you been to Mackinac Island? If so, did you venture beyond the fudge shops and beaches to the untamed interior? As a lover of all things that bloom, I felt like I was in paradise once I made it to the island’s internal trails. If you’re into wildflowers too, you may know that timing dictates th... Read more

Mike Rows Says Nice Things About the Upper Peninsula, and You Should Too!

Mike Rows Says Nice Things About the Upper Peninsula, and You Should Too!

Mike Rowe is no stranger to Mackinac Island, having filmed segments of Dirty Jobs on the Mackinac Bridge and the island (Click here more on climbing the Mackinac Bridge). His latest comes from a little promo for _Somebody’s Gotta Do It_, his latest show on CNN. We’ve long used the slogan, “Nice shir... Read more

Upper Peninsula, Spotted from the International Space Station

Upper Peninsula, Spotted from the International Space Station

Astronaut Sam Cristoforetti, of Italy, has been living on the International Space Station and tweeting up a storm. She regularly posts photos of her view from ISS including this gem she recently posted of the Eastern Upper Peninsula surrounded by Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Read more about the ... Read more

Population and Geography of the Upper Peninsula

Population and Geography of the Upper Peninsula

320,000 People Approximately 3% of the Michigan Approximately 0.1% of the United States Population density of 19 people/sq. mile 10 Largest Cities Marquette (~19,661 people) Sault Ste. Marie (16,542) Escanaba (13,140) Menominee (9,131) Iron Mountain (8,154) Houghton (7,134) Ishpeming (6,... Read more

Jeff Daniels Discusses the Upper Peninsula on David Letterman

Jeff Daniels Discusses the Upper Peninsula on David Letterman

“You know what I’m always curious about? The Upper Peninsula.” – David Letterman After some banter about hunting, fishing, and drinking Letterman goes on to ask Jeff Daniels why the Upper Peninsula is not part of Wisconsin. We were surprised that Mr. Daniels wasn’t able to answer the question. Well... Read more

Labor Day Road Trip

Labor Day Road Trip

Miles Drive Time Total Time 370.9 6.7 hrs 16 hrs The Mighty Mac! I have driven across countless times, I have been underneath a couple of times, and I was even fortunate enough to go to the top, but one thing I have never done is walk across the bridge for the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk on Lab... Read more

July 4th Road Tripping

July 4th Road Tripping

#### Miles #### Drive Time #### Total Time 648.4 12.53 hrs 53 hrs One requirement for being an Ambassador of the Upper Peninsula is whirlwind road trips across the U.P. Road tripping is nothing new to me, and a proper road trip includes a number of my road tripping guidelines. Some of those guidelin... Read more

Journey to the Top of the Mackinac Bridge

Journey to the Top of the Mackinac Bridge

For a while I’ve been wanting to share one of the greatest views of Michigan, from Michigan’s greatest icon. Last September I had the rare opportunity to have a tour to the top of the Mackinac Bridge. It was the finale of a year-long 50 state tour, and probably the best finale you could have in Mich... Read more

The St. Ignace Mystery Spot

The St. Ignace Mystery Spot

Anyone who has ever driven on US-2 five miles west of St. Ignace has seen the famous Mystery Spotsign. There’s no missing it, and there’s no missing which direction to go to find the Mystery Spot. According to their website the story of the Mystery Spot goes as follows: In the early 1950’s, 3 surve... Read more