If you are looking for a fun and spectacular place to visit on vacation that you normally would not think of then Sault Ste. Marie could be just what you are looking for. This popular vacation spot is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and has tons to offer for any vacationer. There are great recreational activities, as well as amazing panoramic views as far as the eye can see. Not to mention the historic sites, and the Soo Locks, Tahquamenon Falls, and so much more!
Sault Ste. Marie is one of the oldest cities in the United States and is the oldest city in the state of Michigan. The history of Sault Ste. Marie is a varied one from the Native Americans that used the Upper Peninsula for trading and gathering to the French and of course the Soo Locks.
The Soo Locks are probably one of the most visited sites in Sault Ste. Maria. The federal government took over the property of the locks in the mid-19th century and they still control the locks to this day through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. These locks are considered to be some of the busiest locks in the United States.
If you are a history buff then there is plenty for you to visit as well. There are tons of beautifully constructed historic houses throughout Sault Ste. Marie especially in the Downtown area. The court house has been restored but is considered to be one of the most beautiful historic houses in Sault Ste. Marie.
When you go on vacation you do not necessarily want to be in area that is full of tourist as well as locals as that can sometimes be more stressful which is not what vacationing is all about. When you visit the Upper Peninsula and Sault Ste. Marie there is nothing to worry about as it is a fairly small city of around 15,000 people. There is also the opportunity for international travel when you visit as it is bordered by Canada and on the Canadian side is Sault Ste. Marie’s twin city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. There is also an international bridge which can be a great addition to your visit as you can start in Michigan and when you cross the bridge you will end up in Canada!
The best part of visiting is that you really will get a feel for the local Native American traditions and cultures. The Native Americans in the area (the Ojibwa) have inhabited that are for over 500 years and many of the individuals that still reside in Sault Ste. Marie are of Native American decent. The French came to the Soo in 1668 and the area was well known for the fur trade.
If you are looking for a new interesting place to visit where you can really get into the local history through the Soo Locks, and the historic buildings as well as the prehistory of the land than this could be just what you are looking for.