Road Trip – Waterfall Tour

Waterfalls.  I love the sound of the water rushing over the rocks.  I love the power of the current as it sweeps everything in its path and takes it for a ride.  You don’t see many waterfalls here in Illinois, so that is why I had to take a road trip to find some decent ones.

I have a friend, my best friend actually, who has a house on Green Bay in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  One of the top things to do In Marinette County is a waterfall tour.  If you go to the county’s website, they have a list of each location along with a link to the Google Map to get you there.  The waterfalls are laid out so that you hit them all.

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Now, you probably don’t want to drive 4 hours out of your way to see some waterfalls in Michigan unless you live there.  You might be surprised to find there is probably a waterfall tour somewhere near you if you are up for a full day of driving and hiking.  All I did was Google “waterfall tour in Illinois” and I found an “Ultimate Illinois Waterfall Road Trip”.   This one is more of a one-way day trip.  But you could crash at a bed and breakfast and then find a different road trip for the ride home.  The website Only In Your State maps out a bunch of these for you.  Taco tour?  Best Tiki Bars?  Best thrift stores?  Best fall foliage?

Anyway, back to the waterfall tour in the UP.  There were 12 stops on the map and we hit 9 of them.  We left their house at 10:30 am and didn’t return until 8:30 that night!  Some waterfalls required a hike to get there.  None were too far.  You could usually hear the rush of the water as soon as you stepped out of your car.  Some of the hikes were a little more rugged than the others but they do have signs.

Some tips:

  1. pack a snack.  You don’t know how remote some of these hikes are and restaurants might not be readily available.
  2. Same goes for gas stations so start with a full tank.  Bug spray was necessary on some of the hikes.
  3. Most (not all) of these stops had port-a-pottys.  So it is safe to drink lots of water.
  4. Don’t try to do this in flip-flops.  Seriously.

Here are some of my favorite falls:

12 Foot falls

Long Slide Falls

Strong Falls

I could sit here and watch and listen to this all day . . .

If waterfalls aren’t your thing, find a road trip that suits your interests. Chances are someone has already mapped it out for you.  Spending quality time on a road trip with your SO can be fun!

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