WHAT: The town of Copper Harbor – about 20-30 minutes from camp along a beautiful road (or if you choose to take the “other route” you have another beautiful road).
WHERE: Copper Harbor is located on the northern edge of the Keweenaw Peninsula and is fairly active in the summer with people leaving on the Isle Royale Ferry, visiting Fort Wilkins, meandering through the shops or taking the shorter ferry out to the lighthouse. We’ve done the lighthouse tour before, but didn’t do it this time.
Once, several years ago, we were driving from camp to Copper Harbor and a bear dashed out in front of us – that was fun.
AND: Another trivia fact about Copper Harbor – Highway 41 ends there – in the woods. This is the same 41 that starts in Miami, Florida and winds its way north.
KID FACTOR: Lots of places for kids to run around – on the island by the lighthouse, on the grounds of the fort, etc.
But a big kid factor is the old-fashioned soda counter where we go every year for an ice cream soda.
If you’re ever on the Keweenaw Peninsula (which juts out into Lake Superior) – you have the choice of several different sites to see.
And we saw a lot of them.
WHAT: Brockway Mountain Drive is an 8.8 mile drive that leads up to the top of the mountain. It’s one of the highest spots between the Rockies and the Alleghenies. I’ve only been on the drive in the summer, but I’m guessing the autumn would be rather amazing, too.
WHERE: Near the tip of the Peninsula near Copper Harbor.
AND? As soon as we got to the top, I said to the munchkin – “There used to be a gift shop here.” She said, “I know, I bought a stuffed animal there last time we were here.” About four cars stopped right behind us and I declare the first words out of everyone’s mouth were, “Where’s the gift shop?” I think it was called Skytop Inn or something fancy for a tiny trailer, but whatever, it is no longer there.
The view is still worth is. You can see miles of trees – and lake from both sides.
KID FACTOR: A lot of places for kids to run around, but no gift shop to buy stuffed animals.