My husband and I are interested in an UP vacation for July or August of this year and would appreciate any suggestions. We tried to plan a long weekend getaway last fall, but we ultimately decided that we wanted to wait until we could dedicate a little more time.
We're from Toledo, OH and would likely leave right after work on Friday and arrive in Mackinaw City late. We could then start fresh on Saturday morning and enjoy the UP until Sunday of the following weekend when we would have to drive home.
We're in the early planning stages, so I'm not sure exactly where we want to go. My husband has never explored the UP and I have only been as far as St. Ignace/Mackinac Island as a kid. We're in our mid/late 20's and really enjoy nature, scenery, and active things- hiking, biking, kayaking, rafting etc. We will not be traveling with a kayak or bikes and would have to rent these things. However, we would not mind just hiking if that's how it happens. We're also interested in any must-see's that are unique to the area- caverns, museums, etc. We have NO interest in night life or shopping.
I would like to see Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon Falls, and Pictured Rocks for sure. I have also considered Porcupine Mountains as well. Pictured Rocks and Tahquamenon Falls look wonderful, but these are also places that I have heard about long before I began looking into this trip. Are they going to be very busy places? If yes, even during the week? DH and I would typically prefer quiet and privacy on a trail over a place with a ton of families and screaming kids in strollers.
Are there any specific hikes that come to mind that you would consider strenuous or at least moderately difficult? We're not interested in 30 mile hikes, but something that is a few miles and challenging.
If it matters, we're not interested in camping and would prefer hotels.
What would you suggest for an itinerary? And how many nights would you plan to stay in each place? I find it kind of difficult to know how long to allow for an area.
Thanks in advance for your advice!