Discover the top things to do in Houghton and Michigan’s UP

Whether you want to ski the mountains or explore a subterranean mine, you can find a variety of family-friendly things to do on Michigan’s gorgeous Upper Peninsula. Located off Highway 26, the Country Inn & Suites, Houghton, MI offers comfortable hotel rooms less than two miles from the Mont Ripley Ski Area and the Quincy Mine, where you can venture down an abandoned copper mine shaft. You won’t want to miss the sporting events, museums, and performing arts venues at Michigan Technological University. Outdoors enthusiasts can immerse themselves in Michigan’s natural beauty by planning a visit to Isle Royale National Park at the Houghton-based visitor center, just minutes from the hotel.

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Portage Lake

5.22 mi / 8.4 km from the hotel
Boating, fishing, and hiking opportunities abound at Portage Lake. Catch a glimpse of the lighthouse, and learn more about the lake’s historic shipwrecks.

Keweenaw National Historical Park

11.31 mi / 18.2 km from the hotel
This park offers the chance to explore more than 7,000 years of the Houghton area’s copper mining history.

Michigan Technological University

1.89 mi / 3.04 km from the hotel
Situated on a beautiful campus, MTU boasts a student body of more than 7,000 and athletic teams represented by mascot Blizzard T. Husky.

Mont Ripley Ski Area

1.82 mi / 2.93 km from the hotel
Rent some skis and take a lesson, or bring your own and plunge down the slopes of this ski resort located on the Michigan Tech campus.

Mt. Bohemia

32.76 mi / 52.72 km from the hotel
Carve up the fresh powder on a skiing adventure at this local winter-sport resort.

Portage Lake Golf Course

2.99 mi / 4.81 km from the hotel
Tee off at one of the Upper Peninsula’s most scenic golf courses, and test your skills on 18 challenging holes stretched across 160 acres.

Quincy Mine

2.1 mi / 3.37 km from the hotel
Where else can you ride a cog-rail tram car before descending seven stories into an abandoned copper mine? Don’t miss your chance to see the shaft house, steam hoist, and on-site museum.