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Upper Peninsula attractions

Welcome to our Newberry, MI area attractions, courtesy of Gateway Motel.  Throughout the Eastern Upper Peninsula, you will find a huge variety of family friendly Upper Peninsula attractions.  Let us know how we can help make your next UP adventure the very best.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been named one of the top 10 value destinations in the world.  With "attractions to rival national treasures, Michigan's Upper Peninsula is an area of stunning natural beauty and charming Norman Rockwell-esque towns and villages".—Lonely Planet travel guidebook company in its new book "Best in Travel 2017"

Upper Tahquamenon Falls near Newberry, MIUpper Tahquamenon Falls
We are, "Your Gateway to the Tahquamenon Falls" and it is one of the most fantastic attractions in the State of Michigan.  This beautiful waterfall is located in the Tahquamenon Falls State Park which encompasses a total of 50,000 acres of pure virgin forests, waterfalls and a majestic river.  The Upper Tahquamenon Falls is the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi.  

The Upper Tahquamenon Falls is over 200 feet wide and 48 feet tall.  When we receive high precipitation, over 50,000 gallons of water spill over the waterfall per second.  You will need a park pass to visit Michigan's State Parks.

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Lower Tahquamenon FallsLower Tahquamenon Falls
Located just 4 miles downstream from the Upper Falls, the Lower Tahquamenon Falls is really a complete surprise to many visitors.  People can hike, rent a boat to fish, park there boat and enjoy Nature's waterpark. 

Many small waterfalls cascade around an island for people to enjoy and cool off in the summer heat.  There is also a four mile hike to the Upper Falls and entails a winding path along the Tahquamenon River.  The trail is long, please be prepared and bring adequate supplies.

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Newberry, MI Lodging | Newberry Motel | Lodging in Newberry Michigan | Upper Peninsula LodgingHistorical Camp 33
Camp 33 is part of the history of the Tahquamenon Falls State Park.  When visiting the park, take a stroll along the enormous deck and enjoy food and spirits at the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub and gifts and the Camp 33 Gift Shop. 

Visitors can enjoy outdoor seating, making a fire in the outdoor fireplace along with relaxing in one of the many rocking chairs (both for adults and children).

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Oswald's Bear RanchOswald's Bear Ranch
The Oswald's Bear Ranch is the largest bear only ranch in the United States.  The ranch consists of four beautiful and spacious habitats.  They have a very large parking lot to accommodate all types of vehicles.  When you arrive to the bear ranch guests can visit their gift shop and concessions shop, where you can find a bite to eat and buy apples to feed the bears.  Entering the main bear area, you will have the opportunity to get your photos taken with a bear cub.  Walk paths will lead you around the bear habitats to the great viewing platforms.

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Camp 33 Tahquamenon Falls State ParkTahquamenon Falls Boat Tours and Toonerville Trolley
The Toonerville Trolley is an authentic narrow gauge railroad that takes you 5.5 miles through thick forests, the habitat of bear, deer, moose, gray wolf, and many types of birds. At the end of the track is your first view of the Tahquamenon River, where the riverboat is boarded for a 21 mile cruise down the river to the rapids 1/2 mile above the Upper Tahquamenon Falls.

Tour #1 is a 6 1/2 hour round trip train and riverboat tour to our private access at the Upper Tahquamenon Falls. The only tour to Tahquamenon Falls. Tour #2 is a 1 3/4 Hour Wilderness Train Ride.

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Newberry, MI Logging Museum | Tahquamenon River Logging MuseumTahquamenon River Logging Museum
The Tahquamenon Logging Museum and Nature Study, located just 1 1/2 miles North of Newberry Michigan, invites you to come to their museum and park to explore the original buildings and memorabilia from lumberjack days of the past. Come and see the original C.C.C. buildings full of old photos, models and original logging equipment. Eat a real lumberjack's breakfast in the Authentic Cook-shack made over a wood stove with home made care and goodness. Stroll along the boardwalk and nature trail and see part of the Tahquamenon Forest. The Tahquamenon River is nestled along this beautiful trail, where blue herons, ducks, birds and other wildlife abound.

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Seney National Wildlife RefugeSeney National Wildlife Refuge
The Seney National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 95,212 acres of wilderness, swamps, islands, and lakes. Animals abound and thrive within the safe haven of this refuge. Beautiful Trumpeter Swans, osprey, deer, loons, moose, deer, turtles, geese, fish, eagles, along with many other species.   

The 7-mile Marshland Wildlife Drive is a must for wildlife viewers visiting the refuge. The route takes visitors alongside open water ponds and wetlands, sedge meadows, and through forests. These diverse habitats attract native and migratory wildlife, many of which can be seen at close range on both sides of the auto route, and often seen in the pine stands growing along many of the dikes.

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Kitchitikipi | Big SpringKitch-iti-kipi | The Big Spring
Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan's largest natural freshwater spring. The name means big cold water and is sometimes referred to as "The Big Spring". It is located in the Palms Book State Park, northwest of Manistique about six miles (9.7 km) west on US Highway 2 and 12 miles (19 km) north on M-149.

This freshwater spring has a paved path to the self-operated raft that provides the perfect water observation.  The water is so blue and clear that you will be able to see ancient tree trunks, trout and the water rushing upward through the springs.

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Cut River BridgeCut River Bridge
The Cut River Bridge was built in 1947 and spans the Cut River between Epoufette and Brevort. There is a long wooden staircase to the valley below that was constructed some time after the construction of the bridge itself. The bridge carries traffic on US 2 above and spans the Cut River Valley, 147 feet below. This area is especially beautiful in the fall where all the trees surrounding the bridge become engulfed with red, orange and yellow.

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Garlyn ZooGarLyn Zoological Park
The GarLyn Zoo is home to hundreds of native North American animals including, alligator, black bear, wolves, bobcat, whitetail deer, cougar, river otter, porcupine, bison, also exotic animals from around the world, wallaby, patagonian cavy, ring-tailed lemur, camel, reindeer, sika deer, sulcata tortoise to name a few. Started in 1994 on US-2 in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula. Just 6 miles east of Naubinway, only 40 minutes west of the Mackinac Bridge. The zoo offers a child friendly atmosphere and people friendly animals. You will enjoy the natural wooded appeal of mature pine trees and cedar mulched trails. You will see, learn about and enjoy animals from all over the world.

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Luce County Historical SocietyLuce County Historical Museum
Constructed in 1894, the Luce County Historical Museum is located at 411 West Harrie Street in Newberry, Michigan. This State and National Historic site is a must see for all ages. The Luce County historical Museum is constructed of Jacobsville Sanstone and was designed by architects Lovejoy and Demare.

Here you will find a great collection of Luce County History, the old jail and sheriff's residence, maps, pictures, along with other valuable artifacts. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

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Newberry, MI Logging Museum | Tahquamenon River Logging MuseumNewberry Country Club
The Newberry Country Club is situated on 200 pristine acres in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Our Northern Michigan Golf Course has been redesigned with new bunkers, lengthened holes and new tee boxes, thus adding length to the entire course. A golf course of unique variety for all levels of golfers situated in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan, located 45 minutes north of the Mackinaw Bridge..

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Whitefish PointWhitefish Point
The Whitefish Point Light, a lighthouse in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, is the oldest operating light on Lake Superior. It is arguably the most important light on Lake Superior. All vessels entering and leaving Lake Superior must pass the light. It stands on the treacherous southern shoreline of Lake Superior known as the "Graveyard of the Great Lakes" in an area with more shipwrecks than any other area of the lake.

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Newberry, MI Logging Museum | Tahquamenon River Logging MuseumMackinac Island
As early as the late 19th century, Mackinac Island became a tourist attractions.  The island has gone to great lengths to preserve and restore the forts, buildings, walls, churches, and other establishments.  The entire Island is a National Historic Landmark.  One of the most fascinating buildings on Mackinac Island is the Grand Hotel.  The island is just under 4 square miles and is located in Lake Huron..

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"Dear owner/manager,  Recently I had the pleasure of staying overnight at your motel. I especially enjoyed sitting in the wooden rocker, browsing over the selection of books on the desk especially the book on woodworking written by a craftsman.

The peace of the room, the many small caring touches from the selection of prints on the walls, the Tiffany lap shades, the wooden moldings, and the clown face that made my daughter laugh, were very welcome at the end of a long days travel."—Sincerely, Jacqueline Wetmiller

"Cute and cozy! Love that the rooms have ceiling fans. The bathroom is nice and updated, the colored towels are a nice touch! Very homey. Definitely recommend."—Wendy Purdom 5 Stars Google Reviews