Middle America's Best Coast: Lake Superior's Southern Shore
- Porcupine Mountains
- Lake Michigamme
- Green Bay
The world's largest freshwater lake, Lake Superior, has 1,800 miles of shoreline and more than 400 islands. You can do almost anything here, and if you take the laid-back south shore, there are fewer crowds.
Paddle an Inland Sea
Start in Duluth and head 85 miles east to the Apostle Islands, an archipelago of 21 islands near Bayfield, Wisconsin, off Highway 13. Paddle beneath sandstone cliffs, into sea caves, and under dramatic stone arches.
Bike the North Woods
About 60 miles southeast on Highway 31, the wilderness near Ironwood boasts miles of old lumber roads — which now form a vast network of singletrack that feels like it was made for biking.
Hike the Porcupines
Explore upper Michigan's Porcupine Mountains, 50 miles north on Highway 2, where you'll find more than 90 waterfalls and nearly 100 miles of trails on one of the largest tracts of old-growth forest in the Midwest.
Fish for Monsters
Forget trout. The trophy here is musky, a predator that can weigh 30 to 40 pounds. Land one on Lake Michigamme, about two hours east on Highway 28. Then it's three hours down the rugged western shore of Lake Michigan. It feels more Cape Cod than Midwest — until you're in Green Bay, eating brats at Titletown Brewing.