I may have left my soul in the Appalachians, but the Upper Peninsula might just have a piece of my heart instead. For those who are not big on Michigan, the Upper Peninsula (or UP) is that piece up above the glove that always gets left off the maps in school. It does belong to the US, it just happens to look suspiciously like Canada! You may also hear it referred to as the land of the Yoopers, but don’t make fun of the nickname because the residents are a tough bunch that thrive under all that lake effect snow.

If you are okay with the cold and you love to hike trails that are tourist free, but rich in such challenges as carnivorous wildlife, ice that might give way, and learning to use snow shoes to hike then the Upper Peninsula is as close to Heaven as makes no difference.



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