Named #10 for Best in Travel 2017: Best Value among 9 countries, yes countries not counties, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is something to rave about.
Thanks to Lonely Planet, the world’s most successful travel publisher, the Upper Peninsula is in the spotlight! An article in The Mining Journal discusses the recent ranking with Nicole Young, the executive director of the Marquette County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “We have been a great value destination for many years and have been working really hard with a lot of other groups to shine a light on the Upper Peninsula, and of course in our case, Marquette County’s natural assets,” says Young. Furthermore, from a tourism standpoint, Young explains, “We’re on track for a 5 percent increase this year.” To add, the article states that tourism between 2014 and 2015 increased by 10 percent. A jump in tourism is a good thing and can really help boost the economy.
“Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: spectacular in all seasons,” Lonely Planet article.
Among the U.P., the Ballerine Peninsula, Australia; Russia; Morocco; Belize; Debrecen, Hungary; Venice, Italy; Porto, Portugal; Namibia and Nepal were also ranked on the top 10 list. Sue Collins, a writer for Lonely Planet, highlights many aspects of the U.P. Pegged as a casual and relaxed area, it is noted that prices are reasonable and crowds are anything but large. To boot, the plethora of forests and lighthouses the U.P. boasts are discussed as well as the famous Mackinac Island.
Here’s a list of the places & spots the article explores:
- Brockway Mountain Drive
- Copper Harbor
- Tahquamenon Falls Sate Park
- Paradise, MI
- Seney National Wildlife Refuge’s Mainistique River
- Delta County
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
- The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
- Whitefish Point
- Eben Ice Caves
- Copper Peak
- Noquemanon Trail Network
- Big Powderhorn Mountain
- Indianhead Ski Area
- Huron & Porcupine Mountains
- Blackrocks Brewery
- Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival
- The Marq
- Steinhaus Market
Lastly, be sure to check out the fantastic article here!
Information courtesy of Lonely Planet & Thompson, K. (2016, October 28). A premier DESTINATION: U.P. named among best values. The Mining Journal. pp. 1A, 8A.