17 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

17 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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17 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Marquette
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Ontonagon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Copper Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Manistique
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
Ferry:  15​min
7
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Columbus

2
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take a stroll through Downtown Marquette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center and then explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Marquette trip planner .

Columbus to Marquette is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Columbus in August, expect Marquette to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Munising
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach
Chapel Rock and Beach ©
Chapel Rock and Beach

3
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Visiting Bond Falls and Copper Peak will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Quincy Mine and Black River Harbor Recreation Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ontonagon: Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton) and McLain State Park (in Hancock). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Presque Isle River and get engrossed in the history at Ontonagon County Historical Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ontonagon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Marquette to Ontonagon takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ontonagon are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hancock, Ironwood, Mineral Museum of Michigan
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Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Mineral Museum of Michigan ©
Mineral Museum of Michigan
Quincy Mine ©
Quincy Mine

2
nights
Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, then take in the dramatic scenery at Haven Waterfalls and Park, then identify plant and animal life at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Fort Wilkins State Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Jacob's Falls, admire all the interesting features of Brockway Mountain Drive, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Copper Harbor Bike Trail System.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Copper Harbor trip planning tool .

You can drive from Ontonagon to Copper Harbor in 2 hours. In August in Copper Harbor, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Haven Waterfalls and Park, Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, Jacob's Falls
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Fort Wilkins State Park ©
Fort Wilkins State Park
Jacob's Falls ©
Jacob's Falls

2
nights
Manistique

Manistique ©
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Fayette Historic State Park, explore the striking landscape at Palms Book State Park, and then stroll through The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk. On your second day here, enjoy the sea views from Seul Choix Point Lighthouse and then identify plant and animal life at Seney National Wildlife Refuge.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Manistique trip planner .

Getting from Copper Harbor to Manistique by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Fayette Historic State Park, Seul Choix Point Lighthouse, Seney National Wildlife Refuge
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Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park
Seney National Wildlife Refuge ©
Seney National Wildlife Refuge

2
nights
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 13th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Oswald's Bear Ranch, explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Point Iroquois Lighthouse, then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paradise journey planning website .

Drive from Manistique to Paradise in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Paradise are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Oswald's Bear Ranch, Point Iroquois Lighthouse
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Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory ©
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

2
nights
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 15th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, immerse yourself in nature at Straits State Park, then get a taste of the local shopping with Fort de Baude Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Museum Ship Valley Camp, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tower of History. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, then wander the wide-open spaces of Deer Ranch, and then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Saint Ignace trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Paradise to Saint Ignace in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Paradise in August, Saint Ignace is a bit warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Sault Ste. Marie
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Museum of Ojibwa Culture ©
Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Straits State Park
Straits State Park
Museum Ship Valley Camp ©
Museum Ship Valley Camp

3
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to St Anne's Catholic Church and Fort Holmes. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum and Fort Mackinac. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, make a trip to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, and explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island travel tool .

Mackinac Island is very close to Saint Ignace. August in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes

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