14 days in Upper Peninsula, Duluth & Wisconsin Itinerary

14 days in Upper Peninsula, Duluth & Wisconsin Itinerary

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Chippewa County International Airport
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Saint Ignace
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
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Duluth
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wisconsin Dells
— 3 nights
Drive
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Madison
— 1 night
Drive
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Milwaukee
— 2 nights
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Drive to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Wilkes-Barre

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Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Trinity Church, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then steep yourself in history at Fort Mackinac, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, and finally see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island trip itinerary planner.

Wilkes-Barre to Mackinac Island is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of car and flight. When traveling from Wilkes-Barre in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Mackinac Island, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Tours · Nature · Historic Sites

Saint Ignace

— 1 night
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): examine the collection at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, then walk around Bridge View Park, and finally get great views at Castle Rock.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Saint Ignace route planner.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace by ferry takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Museums

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, then look for gifts at Open Wings Pottery & Gallery, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Munising driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Ignace to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Duluth.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Duluth

— 2 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
On the 21st (Fri), stroll around Canal Park, take in the views from Aerial Lift Bridge, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Vikre Distillery, then relax and float downstream with Swiftwater Adventures, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Art in the Alley. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Lakewalk, then see the interesting displays at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, and then take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Duluth travel tool.

Traveling by car from Munising to Duluth takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Munising to Duluth. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Duluth

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Wisconsin Dells

— 3 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Explore Wisconsin Dells' surroundings by going to Spring Green (Wisconsin Canoe Company, Taliesin Preservation: Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center , &more). There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wisconsin Deer Park, surround yourself with nature on Lost Canyon Tours, and make a splash at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Wisconsin Dells trip planner.

You can drive from Duluth to Wisconsin Dells in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Duluth in August, expect nights in Wisconsin Dells to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Madison.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Theme Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Madison

— 1 night

The City of Four Lakes

Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Memorial Union Terrace, get a sense of history and politics at Wisconsin State Capitol, then take in nature's colorful creations at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and finally look for gifts at Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Madison online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Wisconsin Dells to Madison in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. August in Madison sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Madison

Parks · Shopping

Milwaukee

— 2 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at Lake Geneva Ziplines & Adventures, stop by Wisconsin State Fair Park, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lakefront Brewery. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum and then see the interesting displays at Harley-Davidson Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Milwaukee trip planner.

Drive from Madison to Milwaukee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Milwaukee sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Upper Peninsula travel guide

4.7
Waterfalls · Geologic Formations · State Parks
Natural attractions steal the show on an Upper Peninsula vacation. Michigan's sparsely populated northern region is famous for its extensive shoreline along the Great Lakes and thick swathes of protected forest. Many of the region's waterways feature dramatic cascades, and a history of volcanic activity has created a wealth of interesting rock formations and colorful mineral deposits. Wildlife spotting remains a top reason to take a trip to Upper Peninsula, with deer, bears, wolves, and porcupines all easily seen in the area's pristine wilderness.

Wisconsin travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.