Events throughout the summer will add a little spice to anyone’s visit. Festival of the Arts programs throughout the summer like “Out to Lunch” music programs and “Art for All” art show offer a variety of arts. The Pine Mountain Music Festival has everything from a full production opera to soloist shows. Ski-ter’s Water Ski Show is an award winning show with full shows running twice a week. Golf at some of the best courses across the U.P. and northern Wisconsin. TimberStone Golf Course is a multiple award-winning course that is both accommodating for newcomers and challenging for more skilled golfers. And as summer gives way to fall colors, you can see some of the most spectacular scenery across the Upper Peninsula.
The history of the area still lingers through local museums and attractions. The Cornish Pump is the largest steam-driven pumping engine built in the USA. It is a National and Michigan Historic Site. The Menominee Range Historical Museum hosts over 100 exhibits from the 1800’s and on. Iron Mountain Iron Mine in Vulcan will give visitors a chance to see what the mining was like in the early days. In 2012, the World War II Glider Museum opened to display a fully restored World War II Glider. Gliders were built at the Ford Plant that was in Kingsford, and this glider is only 1 of 8 in the world on display. The Millie Mine Bat Viewing area provides a new home in an old mine for tens of thousands of bats. And a new addition to the area is the UP Vietnam Veterans Memorial atop the most scenic Pine Mountain Jump.
There’s a reason that USA Today readers voted the U.P. the number one destination for fall color – for the second time! As autumn approaches, daylight hours shorten and cooler temperatures bring on the phenomenon of leaves changing to spectacular colors of crimson reds, bright yellow, vibrant oranges and purple beauty. Enjoy a fall color tour from Iron Mountain, up through Crystal Falls, and witness a breathtaking spectacle of Mother Nature’s work of art. Stop in and grab a wonderful assortment of seasonal treats from the Iron Mountain Farmers & Artisans Market, and enjoy some of the best leaf peeping the U.P. has to offer.
When winter is ushered in, snowmobiler’s find a network of over 120 miles of trails tracing the county’s interior, with access to the rest of the UP and into Wisconsin. Pine Mountain Resort offer early season skiing with their snowmaking abilities. There are many groomed cross-country skiing areas as well, along with lit trails in Iron Mountains City Park. Other winter activities include ice fishing, snowshoe, ice skating and even horse drawn sleigh rides. Winter events include, ice fishing tournaments, and snowmobile and ATV “ice” races. Continental Cup Ski Jump competition at Giant Pine Mountain’s 123.5-meter jump attracts some of the world’s best athletes for the longest running international ski jumping competition in North America.
As the snow melts, spring waters flow through the county to wake up the wilderness from winter’s rest. Rivers now are swelling to allow canoeists and kayak’s travels, and trout fisherman. As warmer weather ushers into spring and summer, the only limits to activities are your own. Fishing abounds throughout the entire county, with many species of fish, from walleye to panfish to bass, are available on lakes and rivers. Silent sport folks, hikers and bikers, find numerous trails through the entire area. ATV’s will find several designated trails in the area as well. With access to county roads, ATV’s can ride though most of the northern 2/3rds of the county. Boaters and water-skiers will find many lakes and rivers available to enjoy those warm summer days.