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The Keweenaw is renowned for its outdoor adventures.

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With an annual snowfall that often exceeds 200 inches, the area is popular with winter sports enthusiasts and boasts unique downhill ski areas and uncounted Nordic ski trails.

The spectacular landscape affords a bounty of photography opportunities as well as rock and ice climbing for the daring spirit. A large portion of the Keweenaw is open to public use, affording camping and hiking opportunities from the campus.

The sister towns of Houghton and Hancock offer an uncommon amount of culture. A strong sense of heritage, a fascinating mining history, and a vibrant arts community make the Copper Country not only beautiful, but interesting.

Skiing

Mount Bohemia - Extreme Skiing in the UP.The Mount Bohemia destination resort promises expert skiers and snowboarders real adventure, whether its launching off the legendary Apex or Horseshoe chutes or cruising the many back country glades. http://www.mtbohemia.com/

Mont Ripley - Mont Ripley offers: a long season (an average 112 days), the most and best snow (our snowmaking  and 250" annual snowfall makes that possible), convenient hours, and skiing lessons and snowboard packages for every ability. http://www.skimontripley.com/

Churning Rapids/Maasto Hiihto Trails - Maasto Hiihto, which means “cross country skiing” in Finnish, is a striding-only trail system that offers kilometer after kilometer of unsurpassed skiing on varied and scenic trails. The trail system connects with the Churning Rapids trails. The two systems contain about 25 kilometers of groomed trails. http://www.keweenawnordic.org/

Michigan Tech Trails - The 35 kilometers of trails are nationally recognized for quality, variety of terrain, and maintenance. Grooming takes place daily and the system includes 7.5 kilometers of lighted trails. http://www.michigantechrecreation.com/

Swedetown Trails - 30 kilometers of trails groomed seven days a week for skating and classic skiing. Plenty of intermediate trails as well as more challenging options. swedetowntrails.org/

Additional Trails - This is just a small list of the trails available in the area. Additional Nordic skiing is available in Copper Harbor, Chassell, and more. keweenawtrails.com/

Copper Country History and Tourism

Quincy Mine - Giftshop, Museum, Exhibits, Tram Rides and a Copper Mine Tour in Upper Michigan. Go inside a real copper mine. Tour the world's largest steam hoist. We're located in the heart of the Keweenaw Peninsula, just minutes away from the Keweenaw Historical National Park in Calumet, Michigan. http://www.quincymine.com/

Houghton County Historical Museum - The Houghton County Historical Museum, once the site of the largest copper milling operation in North America, is also home to the Lake Linden and Torch Lake Railroad, the one-room Traprock Valley School House, an 1887 Congregational Church building now the HCHS Heritage Center, the WPA era Leo Chaput Log Cabin, and the Perl Merrill Research Center which is our archives and genealogical facility. http://www.houghtonhistory.org/

Copper Harbor - As Michigan's northernmost community, Copper Harbor offers the visitor a truly unique opportunity to visit one of the area's earliest settlements that has continued to thrive for over 150 years. http://www.copperharbor.org

Coppertown USA - Michigan's Copper Industry began thousands of years ago when ancient miners chipped away at exposed veins of pure copper with huge hammerstones. Tools and techniques of mining advanced considerably in the centuries that followed and Coppertown's Mining Museum traces the evolution of miners and mining people with a series of tasteful exhibits designed for the family. http://www.uppermichigan.com/coppertown/main.html

A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum - One of North America's great mineral museums. http://www.museum.mtu.edu/index.html

Jampot - The Jampot is open and run by Holy Transfiguration Skete Society of St. John. They have a full selection of jams, jellies and fruitcakes and a limited supply of bakery.http://www.societystjohn.com/

The Outdoors

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McLain State Park - McLain State Park offers two miles of sand beach on Lake Superior. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of activities in the park: fishing, windsurfing, berry picking, beachcombing, sight-seeing and hunting. http://www.michigandnr.com/

Fort Wilkins State Park - Fort Wilkins Historic State Park offers camping and day use facilities and features a restored 1844 military outpost and one of the first lighthouses on Lake Superior. Restoration work and development began in the 1930s. Costumed interpreters demonstrate the history of the Keweenaw Peninsula fort. http://www.michigandnr.com/ 

Isle Royale National Park - One of America's few island national parks offers over 165 miles of hiking trails with a variety of options for trip length and difficulty. Isle Royale offers a unique wilderness experience from mid-May thru September. Accessible only by boat. http://www.nps.gov/isro

Porcupine Mountains - The Porcupine Mountains area is a favored vacation spot, nestled on the south shore of Lake Superior. Offering hundreds of miles of hiking trails, mountain bike trails, cross-country ski trails, and wildlife from birds to bears, the area has something for everyone. The area is also rich in history with many historic sites. http://www.porcupinemountains.com/

Brockway Mountain - The highest scenic roadway between the Rockies and the Alleghenies offers glorious sunsets, soaring hawks, and a splendid view of the Keweenaw's rocky shore. Most spectacular of all are the Keweenaw County's Depression-era relief projects that line nine-mile road that twists and climbs to one of the peninsula's highest peaks, a thousand feet above Lake Superior. Isle Royale, over 48 miles away, can be seen out of the lake on clear days. http://hunts-upguide.com/copper_harbor_brockway_mountain_drive.html

Other Outdoor Activities - This is just a start to the outdoor fun you can have in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. There's plenty of golf, world-class mountain biking, snowshoeing, public ice rinks, world-class snowmobiling, water sports, fishing and hunting. Learn more about outdoor attractions by visiting the Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau website. http://www.keweenaw.info

Arts and Culture

The Calumet Theatre - The Calumet Theatre Company is committed to offering a quality entertainment experience that provides diverse cultural and artistic opportunities while preserving the historic character of the Theatre. http://www.calumettheatre.com/

Finnish American Heritage Center - Since its grand opening in 1990, Finlandia University's Finnish American Heritage Center has become a community focal point and a national center, offering a multitude of exhibits, lectures, plays, musical programs and community events each year. The building is a popular stop for tourists. http://www.finlandia.edu/FAHC

Orpheum Theatre- This is a 1910-built vaudeville theatre located within a block of Finlandia. The theatre has been recently remodeled, and now showcases some of the best Copper Country and regional musical talent on a regular basis. http://orpheum-hancock.com/

Rosza Center for Performing Arts- This 80,000 square-foot structure includes a 1,000+ seat main theatre, as well as an art gallery, recital facilities, practice rooms, dressing rooms, and a scene shop (for constructing stage elements). http://rozsa.mtu.edu

Copper Country Community Art Center- Situated in downtown Hancock, this art gallery and center is the hub of the art culture in Hancock. The center has three galleries and hosts activities on a nearly daily basis.http://www.coppercountryarts.com/

First Fridays in Calumet - Visiting downtown Calumet on the first Friday of each month will bring you to a bustling area with nearly a dozen art galleries or activities going on through the area. The event is hosted in part by the Copper Country Associated Artists. http://www.ccaartists.org/

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