13 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

13 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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13 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + ferry:  8​h 45​min
1
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  3​h 45​min
2
Sault Ste. Marie
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Manistique
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Marquette
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Copper Harbor
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 24th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Biddle House. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island trip planner .

New York City to Mackinac Island is an approximately 9-hour flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in September: high temperatures in Mackinac Island hover around 67°F and lows are around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Museums
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Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church

1
night
Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie
Sault Ste. On the 27th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Name of Mary Church, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Museum Ship Valley Camp, view the masterpieces at Riverstone Gallery, then make a trip to Soo Locks, and finally enjoy the sea views from USDA Iroquois Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sault Ste. Marie trip maker .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Sault Ste. Marie takes 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Sault Ste. Marie are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Holy Name of Mary Church ©
Holy Name of Mary Church
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

2
nights
Manistique

Manistique ©
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Historical Village Fayette Park, admire the majestic nature at Fayette Historic State Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Palms Book State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Thompson State Fish Hatchery, then identify plant and animal life at Seney National Wildlife Refuge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Manistique driving holiday site .

Getting from Sault Ste. Marie to Manistique by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Garden, Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Historical Village Fayette Park ©
Historical Village Fayette Park
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 30th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Chapel Rock and Beach, then admire the sheer force of Tannery Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Point Beach.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Munising road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Manistique to Munising takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Munising are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach
Chapel Rock and Beach ©
Chapel Rock and Beach

2
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): browse the exhibits of Lakenenland Sculpture Park, then hike along North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail), then see the interesting displays at Michigan Iron Industry Museum, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Marquette. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park, examine the collection at Marquette Maritime Museum, and then hike along Iron Ore Heritage Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Marquette travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Munising to Marquette in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Munising in October since evenings lows in Marquette dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Michigan Iron Industry Museum, North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail)
Highlights from your plan
Michigan Iron Industry Museum ©
Michigan Iron Industry Museum
Marquette Maritime Museum ©
Marquette Maritime Museum

3
nights
Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Popular historic sites such as Fort Wilkins State Park and Quincy Mine are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary and Eagle River Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Copper Harbor: The Jampot (in Eagle Harbor) and Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, take in the dramatic scenery at Manganese Falls, and grab your bike and head to Copper Harbor Bike Trail System.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Copper Harbor sightseeing planner.

Drive from Marquette to Copper Harbor in 3 hours. Traveling from Marquette in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Copper Harbor, with lows of 43°F. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Eagle Harbor, Mineral Museum of Michigan, Quincy Mine, Eagle River Falls
Highlights from your plan
Mineral Museum of Michigan ©
Mineral Museum of Michigan
Quincy Mine ©
Quincy Mine
Fort Wilkins State Park ©
Fort Wilkins State Park

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