Discover Upper Michigan’s Copper Country Trail National Byway

Posted on April 1st, 2016

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How do you plan to explore Upper Michigan’s Copper Country this summer?  Pull out your map and set your GPS to the Copper Country Trail National Byway, the 47-mile stretch of US-41 from Hancock, MI to Copper Harbor, MI.  The route to your next vacation showcases the area’s unparalleled outdoor opportunities, mile after mile of stunning scenic vistas, and follows the underground copper that is the basis of our exciting and turbulent history.  Established in 2005, the Copper Country Trail National Byway is part of the America’s Byways collection, which showcases over 150 unique roadways in the United States.

Upper Michigan’s Copper Country is famous for – you guessed it – copper!  But, that is not all the area has to offer.  In addition to LookoutBareBluffthe area’s rich mining history, history buffs will enjoy discovering what was once America’s “mini” melting pot, historic architecture that feels as if you have traveled back in time, and one-of-a-kind stories that embody Upper Michigan’s Copper Country.  Outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to spectacular scenic sites, four-season recreational opportunities, and all the natural wonders that only the Northwoods can offer.  Want to make the most of your trip?  Download one (or all!) of eight informational brochures that highlight the best that Copper Country Trail National Byway has to offer.

New in 2015 is the Copper Country Geo-Trail, a 17-site geocaching adventure that takes you to exciting historic sites, picturesque vistas, and hidden treasures throughout Michigan’s Copper Country.  Geocaching is a high-tech scavenger hunt using a portable GPS device or GPS enabled phone to find the locations of hidden caches.  Download the passport to your geocaching adventure online or pick one up at:

  • Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau / Calumet, MI
  • Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce / Houghton, MI
  • Copper Harbor Improvement Association / Copper Harbor, MI

Locate and write down the code word for at 13 of the hidden caches to receive a custom Copper Country Geo-Trail lapel pin at one of the above locations while supplies last!  Happy travels from the Copper Country Trail National Byway!

Author Bio

The Copper Country Trail National Byway Committee is a volunteer group of non-profits, historical societies, governmental and non-governmental agencies, businesses, and individuals working to preserve and enhance the historic, scenic, and recreational resources of the region.

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