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Tahquamenon Scenic Heritage Route


Welcome to the Tahquamenon Scenic Byway, a 63-mile journey through Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula. The Tahquamenon region is a vast untamed land, but the wind in the ancient forest sings a song of welcome to all who enter and let the byway be a guide. The Tahquamenon Scenic Heritage Route is one of the most scenic drives Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has to offer. Welcome to a place where wildlife outnumbers people and time is measured in tree rings.

Explore the main route of Highway M123 to experience the thunder of Tahquamenon Falls and the northern hospitality of villages like Paradise. Leave time to take a scenic drive around Lake Superior and visit its endless sandy beaches, restored lighthouses, and Superior’s stunning shoreline.

This is the iconic North Woods all seek, a place of simple beauty and deep history that cleanses the senses with cool breezes, rushing water, and scenic drives. Set out on the North Country Trail at dawn. Climb the towers of three lonely lighthouses. Paddle the route of an old-time log drive. Cast a line in a quiet pond. Wonder at the Northern Lights dancing in the darkest sky you’ve ever known.

The cultural heritage of the Tahquamenon region is a tapestry as varied and vibrant as the colors of its autumn forest. It has been home to a self-reliant people wise in the ways of the forest and rivers. Here, elders drew their every need from this vast land, giving thanks in times of plenty and enduring when the land could not share. The forests and its lumber camps, railroads, and sawmills that inhabited them helped build the homes and industry of the Midwest. In a time before roads, Crisp Point, Whitefish Point, and Point Iroquois Lighthouses guided passengers and freight with friendly beacons along vast expanses of Lake Superior beach. Discover the logging and maritime museums by extending a stay in Paradise.

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory is a premier birding hot spot in Michigan, a natural migration corridor that brings thousands of birds through this migratory flyway every spring and fall.

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