MICHIGAN LODGING IN THE "UPPER PENINSULA"
The upper peninsula of Michigan is a special place and the lodging options range from the luxurious to the old-fashioned and quaint. Vast pristine forests wait to be explored. Sparkiling waters, rushing rivers and endless waterfalls are just some of the natural wonders around every corner.
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is the northern of the two major land masses that make up the state of Michigan. It is commonly referred to as the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) and Upper Michigan. It is also known colloquially as the land "above the Bridge" linking the two peninsulas.
The peninsula is bounded on the north by Lake Superior, on the east by the St. Marys River, on the southeast by Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, and on the southwest by Wisconsin. The Upper Peninsula contains 29% of the land area of Michigan but just 3% of its total population.
Residents are frequently called Yoopers (derived from "U.P.-ers") and have a strong regional identity. Large numbers of French Canadian, Finnish, Swedish, Cornish, and Italian immigrants came to the Upper Peninsula, especially the Keweenaw Peninsula, to work in the area's mines and lumber industry. The peninsula includes the only counties in the United States where a plurality of residents claim Finnish ancestry.