Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore — The Best Way to See the Rocks, Take a Cruise on Lake Superior!

If you plan to visit the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, actually seeing the rocks in all their glory is a must do. Sure, you can see the rocks somewhat from lookout points and hiking trails, but taking a boat tour of the rocks is truly the best way to see them all and is highly recommended.

While there are other options in the area, Pictured Rocks Cruises is by far the most popular company. It leaves from the middle of downtown Munising so it’s easy to work it into any plans you have around town. They have a variety of cruise options at different times of the day, including sunset trips. We had a beer or two at By George Brewing before the tour, along with a snack from the Driftwood Deli, and dinner at Tracey’s after the tour. (I highly recommend all of these options.) The deli is located in the same building as By George and they “deliver” your food by bringing it do

We did the spray fall cruise, which lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore — Miners Castle and Overlook, An Iconic Must See

If you’re planning a trip to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, chances are you want to see some of the pictured rocks. While the best way to see them is by boat, you can also see them through hiking and a few lookout points on land. No matter how you plan to experience the Pictured Rocks, a stop to the Miners Castle overlook is a must do.

As the name suggests, this overlook provides a variety of views of Miners Castle. This sandstone formation is one of the most iconic at the park. Like all the rocks in the park, looking at the layers is like looking at history. Let’s get geological for a minute with the help of NPS. The layers tell the story of different sources of sediment, weathering, and glacial events, with the oldest on the bottom and the youngest on the top. The color you see throughout the pictured rocks, is thanks to the minerals in the water. As water seeps through cracks and between the layers of rock, minerals are deposited in the soft sandstone and leave behind color. Blue and green colors are from copper, black is manganese; and yellow, red, and orange are iron.

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