Ski or hike the Iron Mountain.
On the southwestern border of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Iron Mountain can be an otherworldly landscape, especially in the winter, with vast stretches of protected wilderness and Alpine ski areas. It’s got two ski hills (Norway and Pine Mountains), 120 miles of snowmobiling trails, and lit snowshoeing paths. Brave it any time of year for wildlife encounters, historical sites, and only-in-Michigan recreation, which, in the summer, includes underground iron mining train tours, trout fishing, and canoeing excursions.
Hit the slopes on one of 17 trails; trek the 1.8-mile mountaintop snowshoe trail or challenge yourself with jumps and a quarter-pipe.
Iron Mountain Iron Mine
Experience iron mining in an underground train tour of 2,600 feet of drifts and tunnels—400 feet below the surface.
Retro wood-paneled Spud's dishes up creative comfort food, like Reuben pizzas.
Fontana's Supper Club
Homemade fresh pasta and custom-cut steaks are hits. The giant portions mean hearty leftovers.
Pine Mountain Golf & Ski Resort
The skier-friendly property offers quaint rooms and slope-side fireplace condos.