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By SCOTT SWANSON, Journal Staff Writer
MARQUETTE — When one thinks of the great vacation destinations of the world, a few obvious options come to mind: the Greek Islands, London, the Hamptons, the Upper Peninsula ...Wait, the Upper Peninsula? That place that regularly gets 200 inches of snow per year?Believe it or not, travel publishing company ShermansTravel has named the U.P. as one of the top 10 summer vacations in the world, right alongside America’s national parks system, the Isle of Capri and other notable spots.
So did Carol Fulsher, director of tourism and economic development for the Lake Superior Community Partnership, find this bit of news exciting?“Can’t you tell?” she said enthusiastically. “We tend to market locally in the Midwest, so when you get something like this, that’s putting you out there with international places, it’s good to know that we have that exposure.”According to ShermansTravel, a vacation to the Upper Peninsula could leave you feeling like “one of North America’s earliest explorers ... as you paddle the waterways here and set up camp in the woods.”“If city-living gets too hot, pack up some marshmallows, hot dogs, and camping gear and head to the refreshing Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where majestic wildlife, unspoiled rivers, waterfalls, and dense forests abound,” the Web site article said. “Blessed with some 1,700 miles of shoreline along three of the Great Lakes — Superior, Michigan and Huron — it should come as no surprise that fishing, canoeing, and camping are prime activities here, with moose, bears, and beavers as common companions.”
George Zimmerman, vice president of Travel Michigan, the state’s official agency for promotion of tourism, said he was pleased that the U.P. was included in ShermansTravel summer destination list.“We are understandably proud,” he said in a press release. “The Upper Peninsula has a tremendous menu of vacation activities year round including camping, canoeing, cycling, fishing, golf, hiking, hunting, skiing and swimming.”
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