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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

 

The 42 miles between the attractive fishing villages of Grand Marais and Munising form the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, a splendid array of multicoloured cliffs, rolling dunes and secluded sandy beaches. Rain, wind, ice and sun have carved and gouged arches, columns and caves into the face of the lakeshore, all stained different hues. Hiking trails run along the clifftops, and Hwy-58 takes you close to the water, but the best way to see the cliffs is by boat. Pictured Rocks Cruises offers a three-hour narrated tour that leaves from the City Pier in Munising (late May to early Oct 2–8 trips daily; $34; t 906/387-3386, w http://www.picturedrocks.com). Less than a mile farther along the lake, at 1204 Commercial St, Shipwreck Tours gives two-hour narrated cruises in a glass-bottomed boat, with surprisingly clear views of three shipwrecks – one intact (June to early Oct 2–3 trips daily; $28; t 906/387-4477, w http://www.shipwrecktours.com). Those in a hurry can get a glimpse of the cliffs by visiting the Miners Castle Overlook, twelve miles east of Munising, or Munising Falls, one of a half-dozen nearby waterfalls, near the village’s well-signposted visitors bureau (Mon–Fri 9am–5pm; t 906/387-2138, w http://www.munising.org). In Munising, Scotty’s Motel, 415 Cedar St (t 906/387-2449; $61–80), and the Munising Motel, 332 E Onota St (t 906/387-3187; $81–100), are fairly comfortable places to stay. At 101 E Munising Ave, The Navigator (t 906/387-1555) is the only restaurant in Munising with a view of Lake Superior, and serves breakfast any time along with steaks, seafood, pizza and burgers.