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Northeastern Michigan Offers Hidden Beauty With Man-Made and Natural Wonders

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Northeastern Michigan Offers Hidden Beauty With Man-Made and Natural Wonders
Michigan Live | May 24, 2011

NORTHEASTERN MICHIGAN – The northeastern region of the Lower Peninsula has it all: beauty, beaches, wilderness, resort towns and no end of fun things to do. Follow the Lake Huron-hugging Sunrise Side Coastal Highway for a mix of manmade and natural wonders in the 200-mile drive along US-23 between Standish and Mackinaw City at the tip of Michigan’s Mitten.


Of the many beaches accessible to the public along the Huron shore, the remote stretch of sand at Negwegon State Park is called the most beautiful. You’ll need a four-wheel drive to navigate the sandy park road.


  • Keep your eyes open for the giant metal busts of George Washington and Lady Liberty, crafted by Tom Moran in Onaway.
  • Stop at the Quarry View overlook in Rogers City to watch operations at the world’s largest open pit limestone quarry.
  • Sinkholes. This area has 100 of the natural depressions caused by deteriorating and collapsing limestone. Pick up a map to find those open to public view.
  • At Indian River, the Cross in the Woods — a 55-foot high, 14-ton crucifix set quietly among the trees — continues to draw crowds.


Climb 130 steps to the top of  the New Presque Isle Lighthouse, one of eight area lights, or check out the skeletal remains of a wooden ship embedded in the beach at 40 Mile Point Lighthouse.

Guided glass-bottom kayak trips allow even novice paddlers to join scuba divers and snorkelers in seeing sunken vessels at the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary, off the Alpena shore. Viewing is easier still aboard a glass-bottom boat on the new, two-and-a-half-hour Alpena Shipwreck Tours. While in Alpena, walk the deck of a 19th century schooner and the shipwreck exhibit at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.


Elk roam freely around Pigeon River Country State Forest; pick up a map to suggested viewing sites. Watch for elk during a horse-drawn carriage ride through the woods at Thunder Bay Resort in Hillman.

Dinosaur Gardens in Ossineke is home to concrete prehistoric creatures handcrafted by a self-taught artist in the late 1930s.


Join 42,000 pedestrians in the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk across the five-mile Mackinac Bridge that connects the Lower and Upper Peninsulas.

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