Lake Kitch-iti-kipi: Lake Kitch-iti-kipi, or the Big Spring, gleams a spectacular azure within Palms Book State Park, northwest of Manistique in the Upper Peninsula. A self-operated wooden observation raft carries visitors across the glassy-smooth surface of the lake, which was named generations ago by the Chippewa. An interpretive sign aboard the raft explains the geology of the freshwater spring. It’s Michigan’s largest and is continually fed through underwater fissures at a rate of 10,000 gallons per minute. But it’s the lake’s crystal-clear water that commands attention: It’s so clear that brook trout and ancient tree trunks are easily seen 40 feet below the surface, and lines of bubbles reveal the streams of incoming water that feed the spring.
Marquette: In your Michigan road trip ideas, don’t neglect the Upper Peninsula. Switch from the Lake Michigan side of the state to the Lake Superior side in less than two hours with this beautiful forested drive from Lake Kitch-iti-kipi to Marquette.
Iron Ore Heritage Trail: Pedal along picturesque Lake Superior, past the Ore Dock and through downtown Marquette.
Waterfalls: Marquette is an easy drive from four spectacular cascades: Morgan Falls, Dead River Falls, Yellow Dog Falls and Pinnacle Falls.
Marquette Harbor Lighthouse: A trek up this 1866 lighthouse promises unforgettable Lake Superior views—and there’s a museum to explore.
Donckers: Ice cream sodas and handmade chocolates? Yes, please!