Sault Ste. Marie: the first-born beauty of Michigan
After spending a few days in Traverse City Michigan, I drove down a scenic road for about three hours to Sault Ste. Marie, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
As I approached the city, I was impressed to know that it was only 3 kilometers from the Canadian border. I could even see Ontario. Sault Ste. Marie is a beautiful combination of American and Canadian cultures, further deepening its history and nightlife so abundant.
Discover the history of the Great Lakes
Sault Ste. Marie is the oldest city in the Midwest. The St. Marys River, which forms the natural border between Canada and the United States, played an important role in the history and prosperity of the city. The city is home to the famous Soo Locks, the world’s largest locks system that connects Lake Superior and Lake Huron. What better way to appreciate the river and the beautiful scenery than on a boat ride that also goes through the locks? The extension of the water around you is incredible and impressive at the same time.
However, I had been told that the best views of the city, the locks, and the river could be obtained from the top of the Tower of History Museum, so that was my next stop. You can take the elevator to go up about 64 meters and be surprised with a spectacular 360 degree view. After appreciating my surroundings, I went to the Museum Ship Valley Camp, where I made a nice tour. There, I saw a 1917 freighter from the Great Lakes up close and I learned much more about the history of the region thanks to one of the most charming and expert staff members.
Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Northern Gastronomy and the center of Sault Ste. Marie
My next destination was the Antlers Restaurant (Antlers restaurant) in the center. This place is unique and I had never visited such a place. The place is full of stuffed animals, from bison to deer and squirrels, among other types of animals. While it seems strange, it was truly a great experience. Also, the local buffalo burgers were amazing.
A few blocks further on, the center becomes a charming place, with factories of old-fashioned dairy products that offer ganache and ice cream. There are lovely boutiques and gift shops, plus many places to eat and drink something. With this I want to move to the nightlife. The center has 13 bars, which make up what is known locally as the “Bar-muda Triangle” (The triangle of Bar-mudas). Each bar has a different offer. They have bands that play live and excellent craft beers. Obviously, and because they were broadcasting the World Cup on television, I spent the rest of the night meeting people and making friends with the inhabitants, while tasting craft beers and having a very good time. Did I mention how much I like the people of Sault Ste. Marie?
Before leaving the city, do not forget to visit the beautiful Tahquamenon Falls State Park (Tahquamenon Falls State Park), where you can take a walk, ride a bike, sail, and fish. The park comprises 20 234 hectares and its natural beauty offers waterfalls and extensive foliage. What an incredible way to spend the afternoon.
Sault Ste. Marie is really a fantastic place to enjoy the exquisite natural beauty, history, culture, nightlife, and gastronomy. I plan to return soon. Also, it’s fantastic, since you’re only 10 minutes from Canada.