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Isle Royale named in National Geographic’s ‘Best of the World 2021’ list

Nov 18, 2020 01:15PM ● By Editor
The sun rises over Chippewa Harbor at Isle Royale National Park. Photo: Cory Morse | MLive/The Grand Rapids Press

By Emily Bingham of - November 17, 2020

National Geographic has given Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park quite the nod.

The venerable publication placed the remote Lake Superior island on its recently released “Best of the World" list for 2021.

The list includes 25 spots around the globe considered to be “amazing places to inspire future journeys and remind us why we love to travel.”

“Reported by the global editors of National Geographic Travel and framed by five categories (Adventure, Culture and History, Nature, Family, Sustainability), these superlative destinations speak of resilient communities, innovative conservation efforts, and thrilling opportunities for future explorations,” the publication writes.


In naming Isle Royale to the list, National Geographic describes the island as “a best-kept secret of a national park” and “edge-of-nowhere remote.”

“The isolation and solitude mainly beckon seasoned backpackers, kayakers, and canoeists who arrive equipped to navigate Isle Royale’s roadless backcountry and inland lake paddling route, Chain of Lakes,” the entry states.

Other destinations that share the “Wild Beautiful Places” category with Isle Royale include Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada; Cerrado, Brazil; and Lord Howe Island, Australia. See the full list and read the Nat Geo editors' take on Isle Royale in the story here at 

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