location & climate
The Upper Peninsula is the largest and most scenic rural region in the United States, consuming 29% of Michigan’s landmass. People who live here love having access to 16,377 square miles of scenic landscape, 4,300 inland lakes, 12,000 miles of streams, and 1,700 miles of shoreline and yes…more than 220 inches of snow along Lake Superior.
a winter wonderland
With the highest national snowfall records in the continental U.S., snow has actually become an industry for the region. Communities like Houghton are recognized throughout the world for municipal snow management. We test ground vehicles, tires, and snowmobiles for government and businesses. Tourists and locals have access to thousands of miles of cross-country skiing and eight ski hills. Snowmobilers flock to the Upper Peninsula to ride America’s most consistent wintry trails and backcountry.
to everywhere or nowhere
Just minutes after leaving work, most Yoopers can kayak, bike, ski, fish, or just breathe in the pure, fresh air—commute times average about 17 minutes. Our towns and cities may not have high-rise condos, gated communities, and hundreds of restaurant choices, but we also don’t have smog or traffic. And the rest of the world is closer than you think. Flights to Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee are all a little over an hour from six U.P. airports.