16 days in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula Itinerary

16 days in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Duluth International Airport, Drive to Ironwood
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Ironwood
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Copper Harbor
— 4 nights
Drive
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Isle Royale National Park
— 3 nights
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Ironwood — 3 nights

Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. state of Michigan, about 18mi south of Lake Superior. Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring nature at Ottawa National Forest. Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Copper Peak, glide through natural beauty at ABR Trails, stroll through Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail, and steep yourself in history at Downtown Miners Mural.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Ironwood trip itinerary builder.

Detroit to Ironwood is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Detroit in July; daily highs in Ironwood reach 75°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ontonagon.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Ontonagon — 5 nights

Venture out of the city with trips to Quincy Mine (in Hancock), Paulding Light (in Paulding) and Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton).

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ontonagon trip planner.

You can drive from Ironwood to Ontonagon in 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Copper Harbor.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Copper Harbor — 4 nights

Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Change things up with these side-trips from Copper Harbor: Jacob's Falls (in Eagle River) and The Jampot (in Eagle Harbor). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Brockway Mountain Drive, visit a coastal fixture at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, admire the majestic nature at Fort Wilkins State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Copper Harbor online route planner.

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Copper Harbor takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Isle Royale National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Isle Royale National Park — 3 nights

Isolated by its location in the northern reaches of Lake Superior, Isle Royale National Park treats its visitors to a wilderness of second-growth forests, clear lakes, and rugged coastline inhabited by moose, wolves, otters, and foxes.
On the 12th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Scoville Point and then explore and take pictures at Rock Harbor. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Pete Edisen Fishery, enjoy the sea views from Rock Island Lighthouse, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Ojibway Trail.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Isle Royale National Park holiday planner.

Isle Royale National Park is just a short distance from Copper Harbor. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Copper Harbor in August since evenings lows in Isle Royale National Park dip to 48°F. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife