The Upper Peninsula is known for its beautiful, untouched nature, but that's not the only reason you need to add a trip to the U.P. to your bucket list. One of the State Parks up there stands out in a big way. You get the same views of the beautiful water that you'd expect to find but you can also spend an afternoon getting lost in a Michigan ghost town.
150 years ago, this place was an industrial town that produced iron. It was then exported around the state using the Great Lakes.
The historic town was frozen in time when the demand for iron started to lessen and people moved to different parts of the state.
There are about twenty buildings that are still standing and are in shockingly good condition. It really feels like everyone just picked up in the middle of their day and abandoned the entire town.
There are signs posted all over the park so you can take yourself on a guided tour.
If there are ghosts, you'll be able to tell whether they were hanging out in the saloon or hard at work. One of the spookiest buildings on the ground is the reconstructed chimney of the blast furnace complex.
When you stand in the center of it and look up, it looks like a portal into another world.
Once you cross the Mackinac Bridge into the Upper Peninsula, the park is a two-hour drive west.
The park is quite close to Escanaba, where you'll find an adorable historic downtown.
This ghost town isn't the only unique sight in the far north. Kitch-iti-kipi is a park with stunningly clear waters that you'll be surprised even exists in Michigan.
Nature up there is truly something to behold and there are a ton of hikes that will get you outside.
If you've ever imagined what it was like to live 100 years ago, this place might just scratch that itch.
Fayette Historic State Park
Price: You need a recreation pass to enter, just like you would for any state park. Passes can be purchased for $11.
When: The park is open between May and October every year.
Address: 4785 II Rd., Garden, MI
Why You Need To Go: This is a one-of-a-kind way to see some important pieces of Michigan history with a little creepy element to keep it fun.
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