Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Photo by Dale Fisher, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wikimedia Commons

Michigan Copper Country Trail Itinerary for a 2 day RV Holiday

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Day 1

Start: Keweenaw National Historical Park: Quincy Unit

Your journey begins at the unique Keweenaw National Historic Park. Unlike other National Parks, Keweenaw National Historical Park is made up of two disjoined main units as well as several privately-owned Keweenaw Cooperating Sites. At this, the first of the two main units, take time to explore this designated National Historic Landmark District, including the Quincy Mine Hoist and Museum grounds. View the world's largest steam hoist and then take the scenic cog rail tram to the underground copper mine tour!

Stop 1: Keweenaw National Historical Park: Calumet Unit

Directions from previous place:     Drive north on US 41. When you enter the Village of Calumet look to your right at the US 41 / M 26 intersection for the Keweenaw Convention and Visitor's Bureau. The Keweenaw National Historical Park Headquarters is located on Red Jacket Road just a few blocks north of M 26 to the left off US 41.
Distance from Previous Site:            11 miles / 17.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:      12 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:              4 hours

When you are finished exploring how miners worked, it's time to see how they lived. The Calumet Unit of the Keweenaw National Historic Park encompasses the core industrial area of the city of Calumet as well as downtown Calumet. When you first arrive, be sure to stop at the Keweenaw National Historical Park Headquarters or Keweenaw Convention and Visitor's Bureau for information. From there take the Walking Tour of Calumet's Historic Business District and the Walking Tour of Calumet's Industrial Core. After the walking tour, stop in and tour the inside of the historic Calumet Theater, built in 1900. Also be sure to spend some time in the numerous museums such as the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's, Coppertown USA, and the Upper Peninsula Fire Fighters Memorial Museum.

End: Laurium Manor Inn

Directions from previous place:     From Calumet, follow US 41 northeast until you reach Depot Street. Turn right onto Depot St. and follow it southeast. After a short distance, Depot St. becomes 3rd St. Continue following it south east until you reach Tamarack Street. Turn right onto Tamarack St. and follow it until you reach Laurium Manor Inn.
Distance from Previous Site:            1.4 miles / 2.2 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:       5 minutes

After a day of exploring the history of the Keweenaw, step back in time yourself with a night at the Laurium Manor Inn, a victorian bed and breakfast. Once known as the Thomas H. Hoatson House, the Laurium Manor Inn is the largest and most opulent mansion in the Western Upper Peninsula and represents the lifestyle common to the wealthy mine owners in the Keweenaw at the turn-of-the-century. Now restored, the manor serves as a bed and breakfast with ten guest rooms furnished and decorated in Victorian style.

Totals for Day 1

Total Distance Traveled:     12.4 miles / 19.8 km
Total Travel Time:                 17 minutes
Total Stopping Time:              4 hours

Day 2

Navigation: Keweenaw National Historical Park: Calumet Unit

Directions from previous place:
    Follow Tamarack Street and turn left onto 3rd Street, following it northwest. After a short distance 3rd St. becomes Depot St. Continue following until you reach US 41. Turn left onto US 41 and follow it back to Calumet.
Distance from Previous Site:           1.4 miles / 2.2 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:      5 minutes

After a restful night and a delicious breakfast at the Laurium Manor Inn, return to Calumet and US 41 for the next leg of your journey.

Stop 1: Fort Wilkins Historic State Park

Directions from previous place:     Drive north from Calumet on US 41 until you arrive in Copper Harbor. Follow US 41 through Copper Harbor and proceed one mile to the Fort Wilkins Historic State Park entrance.
Distance from Previous Site:           35 miles / 56.0 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     45 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:             3 hours 30 minutes

Once an active US Army base built to keep peace in Michigan's Copper Country, Fort Wilkins is a well preserved example of mid-19th Century army life on the northern frontier. Through Fort Wilkins' exhibits, audio/visual programs and living history interpretation, you can explore the daily routine of military service and discover the lifeways of another era. While you are at the park, don't miss the chance to take a boat ride over to Copper Harbor Lighthouse Complex.

Stop 2: Brockway Mountain Drive

Directions from previous place:     Follow US 41 one mile back to Copper Harbor and through town to its junction with M 26. Continue on M 26 until you reach the eastern end of Brockway Mountain Drive. Turn west onto it.
Distance from Previous Site:          0.5 miles / 0.8 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     5 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:          30 minutes

When you've seen all that Fort Wilkins has to offer, it's time to begin the return leg of your journey. This time you will be taking a different path though, as you for go US 41 for a nine mile scenic drive that runs atop the spine of Brockway Mountain. Featuring stonework walls and spectacular views of Lake Superior and the landscape to the south of the Mountain, Brockway Scenic Drive has been a favorite of visitors since its construction by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933. Take the opportunity to view fall colors or a sunset over Lake Superior. On a clear day, from the top of the mountain you can even see Isle Royale, 56 miles away.

End: Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums

Directions from previous place:     Turn west on M 26 and travel to Eagle Harbor. The Lighthouse complex is located just past the public beach on the point behind a residential area to the right of M 26.
Distance from Previous Site:             6 miles / 9.6 km
Travel Time from Previous Site:     10 minutes
Suggested Time at This Site:             2 minutes

Finish your journey at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse. Commissioned in 1851 to guide ships, the original wooden tower was replaced with a redbrick structure in 1871. Take the tour of the lighthouse before you leave and don't miss the three museums located on the property. These museums include a maritime museum in the old fog signal building, a Keweenaw mining museum, and a commercial fishing museum.

Totals for Day 2

Total Distance Traveled:      42.9 miles / 68.6 km
Total Travel Time:                   1 hour 5 minutes
Total Stopping Time:              4 hours 2 minutes

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