11 days in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula Itinerary

11 days in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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11 days in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Copper Harbor
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Houghton
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ironwood
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Jacksonville

4
nights
Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Copper Harbor: The Jampot (in Eagle Harbor) and Jacob's Falls (in Eagle River). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Brockway Mountain Drive, putt your heart out at Into the Woods Mini Golf and Gardens, walk around Hunter's Point Park, and visit a coastal fixture at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Copper Harbor sightseeing planner .

Jacksonville to Copper Harbor is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Jacksonville in October, expect nights in Copper Harbor to be little chillier, around 43°F, while days are much colder, around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Houghton.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Eagle Harbor, Eagle River, Delaware Copper MineTours
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Fort Wilkins State Park ©
Fort Wilkins State Park
Hunter's Point Park ©
Hunter's Point Park
The Jampot ©
The Jampot

2
nights
Houghton

Houghton ©
Houghton is a city in the U.S. On the 2nd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Quincy Mine, see the interesting displays at Mineral Museum of Michigan, then get your game on at Respawn Tactical Laser Tag, then explore the activities along McLain State Park, and finally stop by Copper World. On your second day here, trek along North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail), discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Nature Park.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Houghton trip planner.

Getting from Copper Harbor to Houghton by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 39°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Ironwood.

Things to do in Houghton

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Hancock, North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail), Adventure Mining Company, Copper World
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Mineral Museum of Michigan ©
Mineral Museum of Michigan
Adventure Mining Company ©
Adventure Mining Company
Quincy Mine ©
Quincy Mine

4
nights
Ironwood

Ironwood ©
Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ironwood: Ontonagon (Porcupine Mountains State Park, Lake of the Clouds, & more). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Copper Peak, appreciate the history behind Downtown Miners Mural, stroll around Miners Memorial Heritage Park, and take an in-depth tour of Ironwood Historic Depot & Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ironwood trip builder website .

Getting from Houghton to Ironwood by car takes about 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 39°F in November, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ironwood

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ontonagon
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Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds