17 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

17 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula holiday planner

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Drive to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Fly to Sawyer International Airport
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Marquette
— 1 night
Drive
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Copper Harbor
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paradise
— 1 night
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
Drive

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Marquette

— 1 night
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park, and then wander the streets of Downtown Marquette. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Marquette Regional History Center, then walk around Lakenenland Sculpture Park, and then trek along Iron Ore Heritage Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Marquette trip builder app.

Flint to Marquette is an approximately 5-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Flint in July, things will get slightly colder in Marquette: highs are around 75°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Copper Harbor

— 4 nights
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Keweenaw Adventure Company has been added to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Copper Harbor: Houghton (Nara Nature Park & Mineral Museum of Michigan), Houghton County Historical Museum Complex (in Lake Linden) and Quincy Mine (in Hancock). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Brockway Mountain Drive, enjoy the sea views from Fort Wilkins State Park, browse the exhibits of Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, and admire the sheer force of Hungarian Falls.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Copper Harbor online attractions planner.

Getting from Marquette to Copper Harbor by car takes about 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Copper Harbor can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Ontonagon County Historical Museum, explore the activities along Presque Isle River, and then hike along Little Carp River Trail. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Porcupine Mountains State Park, then admire the sheer force of Bond Falls, and then go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ontonagon driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Copper Harbor to Ontonagon in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Munising

— 3 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Munising trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Munising in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Paradise

— 1 night
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 12th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paradise online trip maker.

You can drive from Munising to Paradise in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums · Nature · Parks

Mackinac Island

— 3 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, don't miss a visit to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mackinac Island online trip maker.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In July in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Saint Ignace

— 2 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, walk around Bridge View Park, then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, and finally get great views at Castle Rock. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Museum Ship Valley Camp, make a trip to Soo Locks, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Soo Brewing Company.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Ignace trip builder.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace by ferry takes about an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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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.