Greenwood: U.S. 41 in U.P. a must-see
Well, it looks like we Michiganians aren’t the only ones who are saying “yah to da U.P., eh!”
The November EXTRA issue of Country magazine (country-magazine.com) has listed its top 10 “Best Scenic Roads” and chief among them is U.S. 41, which wends its way through the Keweenaw Peninsula from L’Anse to Copper Harbor.
Country — which bills itself as the “magazine for readers who enjoy the land and life we love” — said the route around the Keweenaw makes it “one of the country’s must-see roads.”
Country asked some of America’s best scenic photographers to submit their favorite roadways from around the nation. Editors then selected the 10 best from across the U.S.
According to the Milwaukee-based magazine, the “Keweenaw Peninsula winds through lush forests on Highway 41. Drivers can stop along the way for a tour of the Quincy Mine, visit the stately 13,000-square-foot Laurium Manor Inn or take a sea kayaking trip on Lake Medora.”
I did a little research on U.S. 41 and discovered that it actually runs from Copper Harbor all the way to Miami, Fla. (In fact, a mileage sign at the Copper Harbor Village limit notes that Miami is 1,990 miles to the south.)
Other scenic routes listed in Country include: The Outer Banks Scenic Byway (Route 12) in North Carolina, U.S. 194 “Heart of Palouse” in Washington and the Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway (Highway 395) in California.
More are the Badlands Loop Road in South Dakota, and perhaps one of the most recognizable of all famous U.S. roads: Monument Valley Scenic Drive in Arizona and Utah.
The 17-mile drive through Monument Valley has been the set of many well-known westerns as well as movies such as “Thelma & Louise,” “Forrest Gump” and as the backdrop for all the Road Runner cartoons.
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