Great Lakes cruises often include a trip past Picture Rocks, it is one of the wonders of the Lakes Basin and lies on the shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper peninsula. There, the great cliffs of sandstone that tower over the waters of Lake Superior are broken by beaches, dunes and waterfalls. These stone formations rival in some ways those of the Grand Canyon, with stratified layers of stone and odd formations eroded by the wind, ice and waves. Most people remark that the different formations remind them of specific things and so the formations have names like Chapel Rock, Miner’s Castle, Battleship Row. There are also a number of caves, among them Rainbow Caves and the Color Caves.

If Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore sounds like an ideal opportunity for a Great Lakes cruise, you would be in agreement with the operators of Pictured Rocks Cruises, Inc. They offer 2 ½ to 3 hour cruises along the 42 mile shore of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The company has been in operation over 50 years and in that time has carried thousands of passengers, both local and tourist. Locals often take this short cruise as they say the rocks are best viewed from the water.

There are 3 cruises available. The Regular Cruise, the Sunset Cruise and the Spray Falls cruise. The sunset cruise is just at dusk and is usually the last cruise of the day. The Spray Falls cruise adds a trip to Spray Falls.

These specialty Great Lakes cruises open in mid-May and Close in Mid-October. Fees for summer of 2009 are listed as $33 each for adults and $10 for children 6 to 12. Pictured Rocks Cruises, Inc also advertises and onsite kennel service for those who travel with their pets.

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