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Visiting the U.P. for Thanksgiving

We're planning to visit UP Michigan for Thanksgiving. What activities are there if there's no snow? - Mari, Hammond, Ind.

Well, there probably will be snow, though maybe not enough for skiing or snowmobiling. I like to hike the north woods in November because there aren't any bugs, the ground is hard and fallen leaves allow better views. There's great hiking in the U.P., especially on the North Country National Scenic Trail.

The problem is that the last two weeks of November are firearm deer-hunting season in Michigan. So wherever you go, you should wear blaze orange.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park would be a great place to go, and rangers will tell you if there's any hunting in the park; see Afoot in the Porkies

If you're going to be near Bessemer, it would be fun to visit the waterfalls along the Black River. There are five in the three miles before it flows into Lake Superior. For more, see Waterfalls by snowshoe

You can watch the boat traffic through the locks in Sault Ste. Marie. For more, see Locking through the Soo.

Marquette is a fun college town. In Ishpeming, you could go to the Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum. A lot of people like to hunker down in a cabin on the Lake Superior shoreline and watch for storms. For more ideas, check Hunts' Guide to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Last updated on July 6, 2009