The city of Munising sits along the coastline of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
After finishing our backpacking trip of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, my friends and I decided to take a rest day in the city of Munising.
We rented a really hotel suite. We took hot showers, slept like rocks, and ate breakfast overlooking the water.
After taking some time to recharge, we decided to spend a couple hours exploring downtown Munising.
Pictured Rocks Cruises
One of the items that was high on all of our bucket lists was a Pictured Rocks cruise, and after spending a few nights sleeping in the woods and a few days hiking double digits miles, we felt like we’d earned it.
Since it was just before Memorial Day weekend, most of the cool water-related adventures were still closed for the season, including its famous shipwreck cruise. Fortunately, though, Pictured Rocks Cruises was open for business!
We decided to get a different view of what we’d just hiked.
The cruise began by taking us alongside Grand Island to view its historic lighthouse.
Eventually, we could see views of the beautiful rock formations that make up the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
The three of us had fun pointing out all of the places we had just hiked over the day before.
While many of the views from the trail were spectacular, seeing the Pictured Rocks from the icy waters of Lake Superior was a whole different experience.
The tour was guided, so we were able to learn a lot about the rock formations and appreciate them better. There were also some jokes thrown in as well.
Overall, the entire cruise took about 2.5 hours and was well worth it.
More information on Pictured Rocks Cruises can be found on their website.
Although we had seen a ton of waterfalls on our hike of the Pictured Rocks, I really wanted to see at least a few of the easily-accessible ones in the area.
Alger Falls could be seen from the roadside just outside of downtown Munising.
There was no hiking involved to view this one, so my tired friends agreed to see it.
Wagner Falls was a very short, easy hike through the woods from a small roadside parking lot just outside of downtown Munising.
The trail to Munising Falls is short, easy, and well-maintained. This was the tallest waterfall of the three.
The Munising Falls Visitor Center, located in the parking lot near the trailhead to the falls (and the end of our Pictured Rocks hike), has restrooms and a gift shop inside. We made it a point to stop there and pick up a souvenier.
Munising had a small downtown area with a handfull or restaurants, bars, and shops. It also had this awesome Sasquatch that I decided to have a little fun with.
We had a delicious lunch at Taco Primo, visited a few gift shops, and stopped inside the Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore for a hot drink and to check out the books and artwork.
After that, we decided to wind down in our hotel room to get some much needed rest for our next adventure, Wilderness State Park.
All in all, I really enjoyed our day of exploration in Munising. While visiting in the off-season meant a lack of bugs and crowds, I would definitely like to come back again during the warmer months when more of the outdoor attractions are open.
What are your favorite places to visit in Munising? Let me know in the comments below!