15 days in Michigan’s Central Upper Peninsula Itinerary

15 days in Michigan’s Central Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan’s Central Upper Peninsula route builder

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Iron Mountain
— 1 night
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Escanaba
— 3 nights
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Grand Marais
— 2 nights
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Munising
— 4 nights
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Marquette
— 4 nights
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Iron Mountain

— 1 night
Iron Mountain is a city in the U.S. To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Iron Mountain day trip planning app.

Moline to Iron Mountain is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Moline in April, expect Iron Mountain to be a bit cooler, temps between 49°F and 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Escanaba.

Things to do in Iron Mountain

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Golf

Side Trip

Escanaba

— 3 nights
Escanaba is a port city in Delta County in the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historical Village Fayette Park and Days River Natural Trail. Get outdoors at J.W. Wells State Park and Indian Lake State Park. Step out of Escanaba to go to Gulliver and see Seul Choix Point Lighthouse, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Peninsula Point Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Escanaba trip builder website.

Getting from Iron Mountain to Escanaba by car takes about 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Iron Mountain to Escanaba due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Escanaba

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 2 nights
Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. On the 1st (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Seney National Wildlife Refuge and then enjoy the sand and surf at 12-Mile Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Au Sable Light Station and then get engrossed in the history at Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Grand Marais route maker.

Traveling by car from Escanaba to Grand Marais takes 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Grand Marais are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Munising

— 4 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Chapel Rock and Beach and Valley Spur. Escape the urban bustle at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Laughing Whitefish Falls. And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Hiawatha National Forest, take in the dramatic scenery at Chapel Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Munising tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Munising takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Marquette

— 4 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Marquette Mountain Ski and Bike Area and Blackrocks Brewery. Step out of the city life by going to Iron Ore Heritage Trail and Van Riper State Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, explore the activities along Dead River Falls, explore the engaging exhibits at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Marquette trip maker tool.

You can drive from Munising to Marquette in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip