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The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel

Full of history with a relaxing ambiance, the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island has been tastefully preserved. Even though the hotel has modern amenities, it holds the original architecture built in 1887, with no matching rooms. The entertainment of Mackinac Island mixed with the atmosphere from the hotel; this is truly a historical experience.

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island

Abandon your modern-day automobile and hop a ferry to the middle of the 19th century! Horsedrawn carriages, bicycles and your own two feet will carry you around a busy harbor, quaint village, historic fort, unique rock formations and the state park. Like in Paradise, hiking, biking, boating, and rich history surround you on Mackinac Island.

How to Get There: From Paradise, head south on M-123S and drive 21.9 miles, turn left onto M-28E and drive for 29.8 miles, merge onto I-75N via the ramp to Sault Ste Marie and drive 8.5 miles, take exit 394 for Easterday Ave and drive .3 miles, turn left onto W Easterday Ave and drive .2 miles, take the 1st right onto W Portage Ave (signs for I-75S/St Ignace). Enter St. Ignace and select from several ferry services to transport you to the Island. Totals 1 hour and 24 minutes. View driving directions here.

Mouth of the Two Hearted River

Mouth of the Two Hearted River

One of the finest trout streams in the state. Canoeing through lush forests toward the windswept dunes of Superior made this spot a favorite of Hemmingway. The recreational and wildlife viewing opportunities offered by Paradise are extended here at the Mouth of the Two Hearted.

How to Get There: From Paradise, head northwest on M-123S for 18.6 miles, turn right onto Co Rd 500/Northwestern Rd and drive 6.2 miles, turn left onto Pike Lake Rd and drive 1.5 miles, turn right toward Little 2 Hearted River Rd, take a slight right onto Little 2 Hearted River Rd, take your first left, take the next right, turn left onto Crisp Point Rd, turn right toward Co Rd 423/Mouth of 2 Heart Rd, turn right onto Co Rd 423/Mouth of 2 Heart Rd, turn left after Rainbow Lodge onto Mouth of 2 Heart Rd/Co Rd 423. Totals 1 hour 10 minutes. View driving directions here.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

No trip to Paradise is complete without a visit to Tahquamenon Falls State Park. One of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, the Upper Falls has a drop of nearly 50 feet and is more than 200 feet across. Four miles downstream is the Lower Falls, a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island. Winter offers opportunities for snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing, with many miles of marked trails. Located just a short drive southwest of Paradise, adding a visit to Tahquamenon Falls State Park to enjoy its many features and attractions couldn’t be easier.

How to Get There: From Paradise, head northwest on M-123 S and drive 13.9 miles, at the visitor center sign turn left and drive .3 miles. Totals 17 minutes. View driving directions here.

Kitch-iti-kipi (Big Spring)

Kitch-iti-kipi (Big Spring)

Gaze upon ancient tree trunks, lime-encrusted branches and fat trout as they slip through the crystal waters in the depths of Michigan’s largest spring. A covered self-operated observation raft allows access to vantage points overlooking fascinating underwater features. Kitch-Iti-Kipi is a worthy journey from Paradise for those interested in a spectacular natural attraction.

How to Get There: From Paradise, head northwest on M-123S and drive 40.6 miles, turn right onto M-28W and drive 3 miles, turn left onto M-117S and drive 14.5 miles, turn right onto US-2W and drive 44.1 miles, turn right onto M-149N and drive 2.7 miles, turn left to stay on M-149N and drive 1 mile, turn right onto Co Rd 455 and drive 4.3 miles, turn right onto M-149N and drive .7 miles, take the third right onto Sawmill Rd. Totals 2 hours and 31 minutes. View driving directions here.

The Soo Locks

The Soo Locks

Man-made and natural wonders meet at the St. Mary’s River, allowing cargo ships and pleasure boats passage between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. This historic gateway has been prized by the Ojibwa, French, English and Americans. There’s a good chance you’ll spot ships from the shoreline of Whitefish Bay navigating Lake Superior during your stay in Paradise, why not make the quick drive to witness what makes these ships’ entrance to the Lake possible?

How to Get There: From Paradise, head south on M-123S and drive 21.9 miles, turn left onto M-28E and drive for 29.8 miles, merge onto I-75N via the ramp to Sault Ste Marie and drive 8.5 miles, take exit 394 for Easterday Ave and drive .3 miles, turn left onto W Easterday Ave and drive .2 miles, take the 1st right onto W Portage Ave (signs for I-75S/St Ignace). Totals 1 hour and 18 minutes. View driving directions here.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Sandstone, bedrock and cliffside displays – a magnificent exhibition of nature’s sculpture. Shaded trails lead to majestic waterfalls tumbling 50 feet over a sandstone cliff. Offering experiences similar to Paradise, but unique at the same time, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is sure to please travelers journeying westward to enjoy the numerous hiking trails, waterfalls, paddling opportunities, and more along this historic stretch of Lake Superior shoreline.

How to Get There: From Paradise, head northwest on M-123S and drive for 40.6 miles, turn right onto M-28W and drive 58 miles, turn right to arrive in Munising, MI. Totals 1 hour and 57 minutes. View driving directions here.

Grand Sable Dunes

Grand Sable Dunes

Grand indeed, these salmon-colored dunes, offering sweeping vistas of Lake Superior, are one of the Eastern Upper Peninsula’s treasures and a perfect transition from the sandy beaches of Whitefish Point just north of Paradise and the surrounding dunes of the nearby Crisp Point Lighthouse.

How to Get There: From Paradise, head northwest on M-123S and drive for 40.6 miles, turn right onto M-28W and drive for 22.5 miles, turn right onto M-77N and drive for 24.8 miles, turn left onto Carlson St/Co Rd 58W and continue on for 2.1 miles, turn right to stay on Co Rd 58W and continue for 2.7 miles. Totals 1 hour and 48 minutes. View driving directions here.

Seney National Wildlife Refuge

Seney National Wildlife Refuge

Created by nature but managed for the nature lover, the 95,000-acre Refuge welcomes hikers and bikers, canoers and kayakers, skiers and snowshoers, photographers and artists. You might not meet many people, but you’ll make the acquaintance of graceful trumpeter swans, majestic bald eagles, shy beavers and other inhabitants. Seney is the perfect addition to the Paradise traveler’s trip itinerary, and with the almost countless acres available for recreation and wildlife viewing, it only makes sense to stop by for a visit.

How to Get There: From Paradise, head northwest on M-123S and drive for 40.6 miles, turn right onto M-28W and drive for 22.9 miles, turn left onto M-77S and drive for 4.8 miles, turn right and enter the Refuge at the Refuge Center sign. Totals 1 hour and 23 minutes. View driving directions here

Mackinac Bridge

Mackinac Bridge

This five-mile bridge over the Straits of Mackinaw is the world’s longest suspension bridge and serves as a welcoming gateway to those traveling from the Lower Peninsula to Paradise. Its eight-acre Bridge View Park allows visitors to access another vantage point of this incredible structure. Those whose travels do not require a crossing of the Mackinac Bridge to arrive in Paradise are encouraged to make the short drive to this spectacular attraction.

How to Get There: From Paradise, drive 32.9 miles south on M-123S, turn left onto M-123 S/W H-40/Trout Lake Rd and continue to follow M-123S for 22.3 miles, turn right and merge onto I-75S toward St. Ignace. Totals 1 hour and 35 minutes. View driving directions here.