Michigan’s UP only US destination on Best in Travel list

Among 10 sites on Lonely Planet's 2017 list for best values

Tahquamenon Falls fall colors
A still image from video of the 2016 fall colors along Tahquamenon Falls. (Dustin Dilworth/D3 Imagery)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan’s gem to the north is the only place in the United States to grace Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel list for best values.

The Upper Peninsula joins the ranks of Nepal, Venice, Belize and Morocco for the 2017 list.

The travel site praised the U.P.’s “stunning natural beauty,” which includes more than 300 waterfalls and some of the oldest forests in the country, bordered by hundreds of miles of beaches and lakeshore.

Lonely Planet also lauded Mackinac Island and the U.P.’s historic lighthouses and communities that invoke the classic Americana images of Norman Rockwell.

The website credited the Upper Peninsula’s reasonable prices, few crowds, and relaxed atmosphere for why it made the cut.

Michigan took the U.P. as a consolation prize from Ohio after the Buckeye State won Toledo during a war in the 1800s. Since then, the Upper Peninsula has become a major tourist destination and financial asset, with its rich mineral deposits.

Grand Rapids was previously named Lonely Planet’s number one destination for 2014.


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Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017: Best values