Traveling across the Upper Peninsula this summer, Chicago Tribune writer Terri Colby shares her experience—from waterfalls in the Keweenaw to the Milky Way and panoramic sunrises in Paradise.

“The entire state of Michigan is filled with natural wonders, but the Upper Peninsula might be a shock to folks who think the Midwest is all flat land and farm fields,” she says. “This is a Midwest with mountains and waterfalls and virgin hardwood forests. There are about 1,700 miles of sometimes rugged shoreline along three Great Lakes, bodies of water so big they are known as inland seas. It’s a Midwest with bears and moose and eagles. It’s a Midwest with skies dark enough to regularly see the Milky Way – and sometimes even the northern lights.” Read more here.