Fall Adventures in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula | Midwest Living

Fall Adventures in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

Whether you want to rev up or relax, the history-steeped Keweenaw Peninsula has you covered. Lake Superior shoreline, colorful forests and remnants of the country’s first copper boom dominate the remote area’s landscape.

Jutting into Lake Superior, the Keweenaw Peninsula is as far north as you can go in the Upper Peninsula. Visitors pass through the gateway towns of Houghton and Hancock on their way to the tip at Copper Harbor, about 50 miles farther north. Tap the peninsula’s past with a tour of any of the 22 sites within Keweenaw National Historical Park. Overnight at Laurium Manor Inn, a copper baron’s mansion, and then get out and explore, whether you crave an active adventure or a more chill experience.

Near Copper Harbor

Near Copper Harbor.

Get Active

In Copper Harbor, head to Keweenaw Adventure Company to rent a sea kayak or mountain bike to explore the area’s rugged beauty and ancient shorelines.

Outside of Eagle Harbor, a 3-mile uphill hike takes you to the top of Mount Baldy for panoramic views of the UP.

Mount Baldy

Mount Baldy.

Brockway Mountain Drive

Brockway Mountain Drive.

Chill Out

See a kaleidoscope of fall colors framed by Lake Superior along the scenic Brockway Mountain Drive just outside Copper Harbor. The curvy 9-mile drive hugs the ridgeline and offers majestic views of the harbor and miles of forest.

Brockway Mountain Drive

Brockway Mountain Drive.

In Eagle River, enjoy a vivid sunset before settling in for a night of wood-smoked Southern barbecue and fine whiskey at the beachside Fitzgerald’s Hotel and Restaurant.

Fitzgerald's Hotel and Restaurant

Fitzgerald's Hotel and Restaurant.

Bring a piece of the Keweenaw Peninsula home from Jampot. This shop near Eagle Harbor is run by monks and features muffins, fruitcakes, cookies, bars and jams made with regional berries.



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