Upper Michigan has a lot to offer visitors, along with those of us who have lived here for some time. Whether it's history, scenic beauty or just fun places to go, the U.P. has it all. We took a look at one of the big sightseeing destinations, some unique lighthouses. In the 1980s, the Delta County Historical Society took over the Sand Point Lighthouse. What's the premier thing to see at the lighthouse?
''And then, of course, there's the view that you'd find at the top of any lighthouse. In our case, (Sand Point) you have the north shore of Escanaba, the yacht harbor, and then looking out toward Lake Michigan," said Charles Lindquist from the Delta County Historical Society.
In Gulliver, you'll find the Seul Choix Point Lighthouse. Located right across the bay from Port Inland Harbor, there's a lot to see inside as well.
"We have our 30-seat theater which we show movies around the clock, and they're of the history of the lighthouse. And also, the true lighthouse hauntings, because we do have a spirit here," said Marilyn Fischer of the Gulliver Historical Society.
Seul Choix, which translates to "only choice," can be found if you venture down US-2 and travel east of Manistique, 13 miles. Believe it or not, the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse is one of the oldest structures in the city, and it is still functional to this day. Originally built in 1866, the lighthouse had undergone some notable facelifts, including a change in color and a second floor addition. "The second full story was added in 1909; that makes it somewhat unique among schoolhouse lighthouses," said Craig Teed from the Marquette Maritime Museum.
If you head east to Alger County, you will find one of the oldest functioning lighthouses in the state. The Au Sable Lighthouse was originally built in 1874, and the look and feel of the time period still remains. "The Au Sable Station is really beautiful because the National Park Services has spent the last several years restoring, not only the building, but also the grounds around the lighthouse," said Gregg Bruff from the Picture Rocks National Lakeshore. On the way to Au Sable Point, check out the range lights in Munising, a rare sight to behold on the Great Lakes.