Northern Waters Casino Resort is the perfect destination to play a few fun casino games. But if you’re in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, you are probably also here to immerse your mind, body, and soul in scenery that would make nature lovers envious.
Nature falls at every twist and turn when you venture from the casino floor at Northern Waters Casino Resort. From ski resorts, to natural formations, and even supernatural occurrences, you will find majestic natural beauty to explore.
Ready for a quick tour of nine fantastic attractions surrounding Northern Waters? This post will give you everything you need for a weeklong stay at Michigan gambling and the breathtaking surrounding area. Let’s get started.
When you stop and listen to running water for 15 seconds, it is supposed to act as a relaxant. Now, I know little about the psychology behind the theory. But I will tell you that running water plus viewing its source in the middle of the wilderness works wonders for your senses.
Oh, and if you’re looking for the perfect getaway from the live casino games at Northern Waters Casino Resort, you can make an entire day at the falls. Just hike the trails to the falls’ apex, and you will find a picnic area that serves as the perfect spot for catching a scenic view of the falls and the park itself.
When you venture to Bond Falls in the spring and summer, brace yourself for ideal weather that Michigan’s Upper Peninsula offers. But if you love the cold and don’t mind a slippery hike, you will think you stepped right into Narnia from a wardrobe the second your eyes land on both the falls and all the Bond Falls Scenic Site.
While Bond Falls is the first item on this list that involves scenery, it’s not the last. So, if your ideal vacation involves scenic views, we’re just getting started.
Let’s discover what else is worth visiting near Northern Waters Casino Resort.
Are you an avid skier? If so, Copper Peak must grace the top of your vacation itinerary to the area.
This is the largest artificial ski jump in the world, per the attraction’s website. Its upper observation platform stands 1,782 feet above sea level and 1,180 feet above Lake Superior.
Now, no one has taken an actual jump off Copper Peak for a while, and the location no longer serves skiers at the time of this writing. However, you can still take the chairlift up and elevator up the tower (walking the final eight stories) to catch the view described earlier.
If you love heights, you will love Copper Peak. And if you love skiing, it’s also an ideal landmark.
Grand Island National Recreation Area
You wanted scenery when you ventured off Northern Waters Casino Resort. Perhaps you won’t find better scenery than at Grand Island National Recreation Area. You’re looking at 13,500 acres of nature at this attraction, and it offers a plethora of activities. They include hiking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, trapping, and camping.
Note that if you hunt, trap, or fish, you are subject to the State of Michigan’s licensing laws, so keep that in mind. But hey, if you love the great outdoors in seclusion, head over to one of the 17 campsites and make yourself at home. Some of us aren’t the outdoorsy types, but our ancestors were. Head on out and reconnect with the elements.
Oh, and if you are an avid runner, you’ll love the Grand Island Trail Marathon. It’s a great option if you want a new challenge.
Love the supernatural? Fantastic! The mysterious Paulding Light is worth a look. While science claims the Paulding Light is a product of incoming cars on the highway, popular folklore states otherwise, suggesting geologic activity, ghosts, or swamp gas.
While university and tech students claim to have debunked the lights as incoming cars, such lights have appeared all across America. And while witnesses have seen the Paulding Light since the 1960s, others—such as the Joplin Spooklight—can trace its roots back to the 19th century.
Pine Mountain Jump
When you’re in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, it snows about seven months out of the year. With that said, you will get a lot of ski jumps, and the Pine Mountain Jump is no different.
In Iron Mountain, Michigan, pull onto US Highway 2 and turn west onto Kent Street. Drive three-quarters of a mile and you will find Upper Pine Mountain Road. From there, you’ll take a winding road course to the apex.
Head over to the observation deck and immerse yourself in 30 miles of Midwest natural beauty from all cardinal directions. It is one of the largest ski jumps in America, almost up there with Copper Peak (see section 2), and the Suicide Hill Ski Jump, which we will discuss in another section.
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
You will find this attraction in the Porcupine Mountains, and it serves as one of the hottest tourist destinations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. So, if you venture off Northern Waters Casino Resort, this attraction is the must-visit on this entire list.
Established in 1945, the state park serves all who venture to it to this day. Located within the park’s confines include the North Country Trail, a dazzling 4,000-mile trail whose origins trace to the state of New York, backpacking, swimming and boating areas, modern campgrounds, and interactive programs.
This is a great way to spend a couple of days away from civilization while you seek to rediscover your wild side in the Upper Peninsula’s most prominent state park.
Located in Iron County, Michigan, Ski Brule hosts 17 different ski runs and 11 lifts. Based on 91 reviews, Ski Brule has attained a four-star rating, placing it in the “Good” category on TripAdvisor. It’s a family-oriented destination. So ,if you have a family of skiers, this is the ideal location to go.
In fact, the place even features a kids’ area for kids four and up. If your kids fall in this age category, they will love this. The 30-acre snowboard arena and half-pipe is yet another reason to visit Ski Brule if you are looking to take some time away from Northern Waters Casino Resort.
You will find the Sylvania Wilderness in Watersmeet, Michigan. TripAdvisor only gives it 11 reviews, but its 4.5-star rating is solid enough to give you an idea of what you can expect here. Reviewers rave about the kayaking, its quiet atmosphere, and many have called this attraction a “hidden gem.”
So, if you’re cool with a bit of obscurity, the Sylvania Wilderness may rank higher than #8 on this itinerary. If you are in the mood for kayaking ,or if you just want to head out and explore Michigan’s great outdoors in the Upper Peninsula, the Sylvania Wilderness is where it’s happening.
It’s wild, wonderful, and beyond peaceful.
Lake of the Clouds
And finally, in Ontonagon County, we have the Lake of the Clouds. Have you ever seen those TV commercials or pictures from your default computer backgrounds depicting photos of lakes hidden within a valley? That should give you an idea of what you will find with the Lake of the Clouds.
Within the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, this lake serves as your primary attraction. And if you’re looking to catch the most breathtaking view of your life, head over to the Lake of the Clouds Overlook just off former Michigan Highway M-107, off the western end.
And if you’re lucky, the state park will sometimes host a nighttime sky watch. If your trip to Northern Waters Casino Resort lands on a day where a nighttime sky watch party over the lake is going on, you’re in for the treat of your life.
This is an opportunity you won’t want to forget about when planning your casino trip.
You get a bit of everything here on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but man, you got to fall in love with the surrounding scenery when you talk about attractions near Northern Waters Casino Resort. And while Northern Waters is a fantastic attraction itself, the surrounding area speaks nothing but wild Michigan beauty.
The area is famous for its nature scene and now that you are in the area, go out and explore the vast scenery for yourself. You will be more than glad you ventured away from the casino for a while.
Have you played at Northern Waters Casino Resort? And if so, did you check out any of the listed scenery above?
Let us know in the comments and tell us about your experience. We look forward to hearing from you.