The sparkling water of Lake Superior reflects the famed, multicolored sandstone cliffs you’ll find at this week’s National Park Getaway.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is aptly named for a 15-mile stretch of cliffs that rise above the great lake’s southern shore. The park preserves more than 73,000 acres of sandstone cliffs, beaches, dunes and waterfalls along Lake Superior and surrounding inland lakes, streams and forest.

Historic sites include an 1874 lighthouse, early U.S. Coast Guard lifeboat stations, old farmsteads and a Civil War-era iron blast furnace site.

If you like to hike, kayak or just go to the beach, you’ll want to put this park at the top of your vacation list. Get a head start by reading this week’s National Park Getaway article  at www.nps.gov/getaways.

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Image courtesy of Steve Helinski