Enjoy the natural beauty. ...
Enjoy the natural beauty. Hike the Maasto Hiito ski trail in the summer and fall; ski it in the winter time. It's truly spectacular. The downhill ski run in Ripley (Mont Ripley) is okay. The view is lovely from the top. Hike the Michigan Technological University cross country ski trail in the summer and fall too, and it's fun to ski it in the winter as well. Do go and visit Maclain State Park on Lake Superior as well. What I like most about this place is the peace and quiet, the dense forests that surround it, and, of course, Lake Superior.
Citizen's Bank Tower
You don't see too many reflective glass structures in the U.P., but Hancock has this interesting bank tower that dominates its stretch of Quincy Avenue.
Built in 1972, the building combines a glass tube with a copper cylindrical tower - copper being the resource that sparked the settlement and development of the entire area in the late 19th century.
Finlandia University - Old Main Building
Finlandia University is the only institution of higher education in the United States specifically tied to Finnish-American culture and ethnicity. For most of its history, it was primarily a two year Junior College, but in recent years it has begun to grant a number of four-year degrees as well. The small size of the University - only 550 students - might suggest that its finances would be somewhat precarious. But the Finns are famous for their "sisu" - roughly translated as "indomitable perseverence" - and I fully expect Finlandia to be around for some time to come.
From the historical marker out in front: "Suomi College was founded in 1896 by the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The cornerstone of Old Main, the first building erected at Suomi College, was laid on May 30, 1898. Jacobsville sandstone, quarried at the Portage Entry of the Keweenaw waterway, was brought here by barge, cut and used to construct Old Main. Dedicated on January 21, 1900, it contained a dormitory, kitchen, laundry, classrooms, offices, library, chapel and lounge. The burgeoning college quickly outgrew this building, and in 1901 a frame structure, housing a gym, meeting hall and music center was erected on an adjacent lot. The frame building was demolished when Nikander Hall, named for Suomi's founder, J.K. Nikander, was constructed in 1939. The hall was designed by the architectural firm of Saarinen and Swanson."
[Yes, that's _the_ famous Saarinen, Eliel (father of Eero), who in the 1930s was living and working at the Cranbrook Academy, outside of Detroit.]