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    Upper Penninsula Michigan Ride Suggestions

    Hi All,

    I am going to have several days to ride in the Upper Penninsula. I have never been there. My starting and ending point will be at the Mackinac Bridge and I will have Friday afternoon/evening, all day Saturday, returning to the bridge on Sunday afternoon.

    I am looking for suggestions on routes, rides, points of interests, etc. I prefer 2 lane highways with sweeping turns and beautiful scenery. I would really like to see some of Lake Superior. I don't mind being on 4 lanes if it means getting to better riding. I plan on staying in motels or hotels. So, any desinations or recomendations for lodging and dining are welcome.

    Thanks in advance,

    Chris McCarthy
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    Mackinaw Trail

    I rode this from Sault Ste Marie to St. Ignace recently. It's nice, rural, little traffic, but definitely not twisty. Very low key if you want to get off the slab, but not an outstanding ride.

    #2 along Lake Michigan is close to the water in many places.
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    Houghton and Cooper Harbor area is nice.
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    Don't know about great places to visit, but if you're near Ironwood, MI and need a clean and very reasonably prices motel, check out Quinn Motel, W US Hwy 2, 124 W Cloverland Drive. 906-932-4421
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    Chris, Ride the very special roads along the coasts if you can. Seriously scenic and good riding. Here is a 433 mile loop given the time you have. If you find you have more time, explore the Pictured Rocks National Seashore, parks you will be passing through, and other roads hugging these deeply beautiful bodies of water...

    https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=I...&via=2&t=m&z=9

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    You'll find another great road if you go north from St. Ignace to Sault St.Marie, and then head west along the coast of Lake Superior. It's absolutely gorgeous, through some heavily forested areas. And, as Steve said, it would be very worthwhile to visit the Pictured Rocks area.
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    These maps can be stitched together. This is a little further west.


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    And a little further west....


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    Tried

    I tried to copy the suggested route.

    http://rideplanner.harley-davidson.c...r/share/505278
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    Nice job MI on the ride plan. The only thing I could add to that great plan is to keep going north up the end of the Keeweenaw pennisula and visit Copper Harbor. I saw the aurora borealis there one summer night.
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