Affordable family vacations: upper peninsula

Whenever you leave continue southwest on M-123, then west on H-37 to Oswald&rsquos Bear Ranch where wild bears (they are not bred or purchased) roam back and forth. Oswald&rsquos supplies a lifelong home for youthful bears whose moms happen to be wiped out or mature bears who, for various reasons, can&rsquot launch within the wild. Admission charges ($15 per vehicle) help fund the bears&rsquo diet of fruit and meat purchased through the ton.

Total price for the entire family? Under $30.

Trip Guide:

1) Tahquamenon Falls Condition Park: Hiking, fishing, nature programs and camping focused on the Tahquamenon River and it is waterfalls. Vehicle permit needed. Rent rowboats or canoes within the Lower Falls concession area.

2) Oswald&rsquos Bear Ranch: Open Memorial Day weekend through late September. Admission $15/vehicle.

3) The Tahquamenon Logging Museum: Chronicles the location&rsquos 19th-century lumbering era, with displays on existence within the logging camps, the evolution of logging equipment, and fun old photos and newspaper clippings in the region. Small admission fee.

4) The Toonerville Trolley: This classic UP attraction combines a narrow-gauge, open-air railroad ride having a boat tour towards the Upper Falls. Train/Boat tour runs six or even more hrs train-only trip is 2 hrs.

5) Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub: Homemade pasties, wild grain soup, whitefish sandwiches along with other local flavors complete an extensive menu for your meal. Nice timber-frame building with deck in Upper Falls. Entrees $6-$24.

When Tina Lassen was 8 years of age, she viewed wide-eyed like a moose trundled from the forest on Isle Royale and right into a wild Lake Superior bay. She&rsquos been enamored with Michigan since. Tina has written extensively concerning the condition for magazines like Midwest Living and National Geographic Adventure, as well as for guidebooks including Moon Michigan, National Geographic&rsquos Help guide to America&rsquos Outdoors: Great Ponds, and 1,000 Places to determine Before You Decide To Die: US and Canada.


Our Vacation to the U.P. (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan. Fall 2015


Bud Lemire: A lot of great places I haven't even seen.  You both are awesome and to see the magic you guys show as you traveled the UP was great.  I'm here in Escanaba and was glad you stopped by here as well.  Great video, thanks for the tour.

Urban Homesteading: +Bud Lemire That's very kind of you to say, thank you for watching. I wish we had more time to spend in Escanaba, and it would be amazing to have a sailboat there!

Tallie Allen: Amazing footage!

Urban Homesteading: +Tallie Allen thank you! It's amazing how good a GoPro is for taking video. The views are spectacular up there ��\nThanks for watching

Tallie Allen: +Urban Homesteading My pleasure!

Rudy Ormanovich: So beautiful "\nMichigan is just awesome.

Lexie thomas: Was it cold when u went swimming

Urban Homesteading: +Lexie thomas It wasn't horrible for Lake Superior…but it took some getting used to. Once you are in, it was warmer than the air temp!

Kurtis Newhouse: Awesome video! Where was the spot you camped in Marquette?

Urban Homesteading: This was on the way out to Dead River Falls, just a little hideaway :)

Kyle Karwowski: I am glad you guys had such a good time up here. It seems like you both appreciate the slower pace and natural beauty. I moved up to Marquette from the Detroit area 6 years ago. The single best decision I have ever made in my life.

Urban Homesteading: +Kyle Karwowski my family had a house in Marquette for a while so I've spent a lot of time up there and try to go back once a year atleast. That must be a big change from Detroit! Thanks for watching

bb_bassin: Presque Isle Park is actually in Marquette, but awesome video. I love the UP!

Urban Homesteading: +bb_bassin aww crap! I knew that and I got it wrong �� thanks for pointing it out and thanks for watching !

Thorir the Hound: I grew up in Munising :)

Mike Sanders: Thanks

Mike Sanders: What kind of camera did you use? Great shots.

Urban Homesteading: Thanks Mike, I used a GoPro Hero 4 Black edition which is their biggest and baddest model they have. Most of the video was shot in 4K which is very high definition. It's incredible the detail it captures from such a small camera. Thanks for watching!

That Modern Mombie: Thanks for the adventure! 🙂 That looks so amazing! 🙂 \n\nNew sub, come sub back!

QuantityEngineers: My wife and I vacationed in Whitefish and Paradise in 1974. We stayed at a resort that had rented cabins on the Tahquamenon river.