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My wife and I are going to drive around Lake Superior. We're looking for ideas/suggestions of places that shouldn't be missed or to be avoided at all costs.

We are not camping. We enjoy almost any kind of food (except liver & sushi). We enjoy day hikes. While we'd like to get to Isle Royal, we don't think there's time in our two week trip. We are going clockwise from Duluth this autumn.

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That sounds like a great trip, Berry.

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Depending on your taste, on the Michigan side (from East to West), there is the Soo Locks at Sault St. Marine, Mackinaw Island (no cars allowed, lots of horses, and lots of walking), Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point (a quick stop) Tahquamenon Falls (a fair amount of walking), Pictured Rocks (excursion boat trip), Copper Mines, and a whole lot of trees. I live in the Lower Peninsula, but my parents have been in the Upper for the last 40 years and the Fall season is the perfect time to see it at it's best.
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It's a beautiful trip. I did the trip about ten years ago on a motorcycle. It was an organized ride, part of the Wolf's Head Circle Tour. We were limited with our sightseeing. We had to be in certain towns by nights end because we had chase vehicles and ride meetings the following mornings. We did the trip in five days.

We started the tour from Two Harbors, MN and went counter-clockwise. The areas I thought were exceptional. The Keweenaw Peninsula and the town of Copper Harbor. The Locks in Sault Ste. Marie. The most spectacular part of the trip was from Sault St. Marie north to WaWa,Ont. The scenery is awesome, we were riding along the waters edge. Stop at Aguasabon Falls near Terrace Bay/Schreiber, Ont.

There are a lot more areas that we didn't get to see due to our time table. Two weeks may not even be enough time to explore the entire route. Enjoy the trip!

We plan on taking the trip again...in the RV and taking our time.

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I am coming a sailing perspective. Last year I sailed from AuGres, MI in the Saginaw Bay to Isle Royal (single handed). If you only have 2 weeks, I think you should decide on seeing either the US southern shoreline or the Canadian northern shoreline. Of course I am partial to the shoreline sites as opposed to the interior.

I would agree with some of the previous suggestions: Whitefish Point Maritime Museum, Grand Marais, Pictured Rocks in Munising, Marquette, Copper Harbor (there is a great circle road tour from Eagle Harbor to Copper Harbor and back) and the Apostle Islands. Isle Royal deserves at least a week by itself due to the cost to get there and a treasure to see.

Whatever you decide to see, you absolutely will not be disappointed.

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You say you’re going in the fall which ( depending on timing ) could be breath taking with the autumn leaves going around the top of Superior and coming down to Sault Ste. Marie, while it is a nice trip itself, do yourself a favor and consider the the Agawa Canyon train tour out of the river front of Sault Ste. Marie Ontario ( day trip up and back – walk around lunch break ) which has been an ongoing jaw dropper with beautiful scenery for decades. The canyons are as big as they get, only hard rock country full of Trees .
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Then you’re in a position to spend a leisurely day taking in the two SOO(s), Sault Ste. Marie Michigan Sault Ste. Marie Ontario as well as the Locks. The Old Canadian locks sized down to recreational but now a wonderful park where you can get across them out the Sault Rapids, Then go over to the American Side and watch the 1,000 footers go up or down in the big POE lock.

That leaves you at the end of the day 1 hour North of St Ignace / Mackinac City / Mackinac Bridge / Mackinac Island which is another spot worth wasting a day.

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The Mystery Spot in St. Ignace is a fun hour or two. Odd-angled building on the hillside that makes it look and feel like gravity is being defied. We were there a few years ago, I did find it disorienting compared to when I was a kid!!

Soo Locks are definitely worth the time to watch a ship pass through.

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A few months ago I posted a question about taking the Lake Superior Circle Tour. A few of you responded with suggestions, most of which we incorporated. Thanks to those who provided suggestions.

It was a super trip. We went clockwise from Duluth, MN. In case anyone is interested here's a link to our pictures:

https://picasaweb.google.com/1056830...eat=directlink

There are 124 pics and the slideshow is set for 3 seconds per photo so you 'waste' about 6.5 minutes.

We have no pics of Fort Williams where we had a great tour. We weren't able to do the Algoma Railroad tour, storms washed out some track.

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Looks like you had good weather and a great trip.

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Not a waste at all. Great pictures, Berry.

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