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. state of Michigan. 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. state of Michigan, located on the Escanaba River in the banana belt of the state's Upper Peninsula. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historical Village Fayette Park and Peninsula Point Lighthouse. Get outdoors at J.W. Wells State Park and Days River Natural Trail. Explore Escanaba's surroundings by going to Indian Lake State Park (in Manistique) and Seul Choix Point Lighthouse (in Gulliver).

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Escanaba travel planner.

You can drive from Iron Mountain to Escanaba in 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Iron Mountain to Escanaba. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in April, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Escanaba

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 2 nights
Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. state of Michigan. 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 · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Munising

— 4 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore hidden gems such as Chapel Rock and Beach and Hiawatha National Forest. Escape the urban bustle at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Laughing Whitefish Falls. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, take in the dramatic scenery at Chapel Falls, glide through natural beauty at Valley Spur, and look for gifts at Upper Peninsula Inspired.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the Munising trip itinerary builder.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough 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. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. 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 Sugarloaf Mountain. When in Marquette, make a side trip to see Van Riper State Park in Champion, approximately Champion away. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in 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 Hogback Mountain.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Marquette trip planner.

You can drive from Munising to Marquette in 1.5 hours. In May in Marquette, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip