15 days in Michigan’s Central Upper Peninsula Itinerary

15 days in Michigan’s Central Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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15 days in Michigan’s Central Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Moline
Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
Iron Mountain
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Escanaba
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Munising
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Marquette
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Moline

1
night
Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain ©
Iron Mountain is a city in the U.S. For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Iron Mountain itinerary maker site .

Moline to Iron Mountain is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. In April, Iron Mountain is little chillier than Moline - with highs of 49°F and lows of 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Escanaba.

Things to do in Iron Mountain

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Piers Gorge Trail
Highlights from your plan
Fumee Lake Natural Area ©
Fumee Lake Natural Area
Timberstone Golf Course ©
Timberstone Golf Course

3
nights
Escanaba

Escanaba ©
Escanaba is a port city in Delta County in the U.S. Get outdoors at Indian Lake State Park and J.W. Wells State Park. Seul Choix Point Lighthouse and Historical Village Fayette Park will appeal to history buffs. It doesn't end there: ski along the peaceful trails at Days River Natural Trail and steep yourself in history at Peninsula Point Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Escanaba day trip planning app .

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

Things to do in Escanaba

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

J.W. Wells State Park, Seul Choix Point Lighthouse, Indian Lake State Park, Days River Natural Trail, Historical Village Fayette Park
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Seul Choix Point Lighthouse ©
Seul Choix Point Lighthouse
Historical Village Fayette Park ©
Historical Village Fayette Park
Indian Lake State Park ©
Indian Lake State Park

2
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Seney National Wildlife Refuge and then tour the pleasant surroundings at 12-Mile Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Au Sable Light Station and then take an in-depth tour of Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grand Marais trip planner .

Drive from Escanaba to Grand Marais in 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Grand Marais can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
12-Mile Beach ©
12-Mile Beach
Seney National Wildlife Refuge ©
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Au Sable Light Station ©
Au Sable Light Station

4
nights
Munising

Munising ©
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 Au Train Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Laughing Whitefish Falls and Spray Falls. The adventure continues: stroll through Sand Point Beach, look for gifts at Upper Peninsula Inspired, admire the sheer force of Chapel Falls, and try for a hole-in-one at Miners Falls Mini Golf.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Munising route planning tool .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Munising in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, Autrain Falls
Highlights from your plan
Au Train Falls ©
Au Train Falls
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

4
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Marquette Mountain Ski and Bike Area and Blackrocks Brewery. Get in touch with nature at Dead River Falls and Sugarloaf Mountain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marquette: Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park (in Deerton) and Van Riper State Park (in Champion). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park, examine the collection at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, hike along Iron Ore Heritage Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Hogback Mountain.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Marquette trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Munising to Marquette in an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Van Riper State Park
Highlights from your plan
Iron Ore Heritage Trail ©
Iron Ore Heritage Trail
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Dead River Falls ©
Dead River Falls