21 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

21 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula planner

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Fly to Pellston, Bus to Saint Ignace
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Saint Ignace
— 4 nights
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Manistique
— 3 nights
Drive
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Iron Mountain
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ironwood
— 4 nights
Drive
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Houghton
— 1 night
Drive
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Marquette
— 5 nights
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Saint Ignace

— 4 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Take a break from the city and head to Depot Beach and Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Ignace: Petoskey (Odawa Casino, Historic Gaslight District, &more), Charlevoix (Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix & Michigan Beach Park) and Little Traverse Bay Golf Course (in Harbor Springs). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, stroll around Bridge View Park, and get great views at Castle Rock.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Saint Ignace attractions tool.

San Antonio to Saint Ignace is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from San Antonio in August, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Saint Ignace: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Beaches

Side Trips

Manistique

— 3 nights
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. You'll get in some beach time at Miner's Beach and 12-Mile Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Spray Falls. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk, do a tasting at Garden Bay Winery, and explore the striking landscape at Palms Book State Park.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Manistique online trip maker.

Drive from Saint Ignace to Manistique in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Manistique when traveling from Saint Ignace in August, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Iron Mountain.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Iron Mountain

— 3 nights
Iron Mountain is a city in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Timberstone Golf Course and Sweetgrass Golf Course. Explore Iron Mountain's surroundings by going to Three Lakes (Northwoods Petroleum Museum & Three Lakes Winery). There's much more to do: stroll through Fumee Lake Natural Area, browse the collection at Dickinson County Library, make a trip to U.P. Veterans Memorial, and stroll around Lake Antoine Park.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Iron Mountain trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manistique to Iron Mountain takes 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Manistique to Iron Mountain. In August, daytime highs in Iron Mountain are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Ironwood.

Things to do in Iron Mountain

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Museums

Side Trips

Ironwood

— 4 nights
Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. Visit Big Bay Town Park and Little Star Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Bond Falls and Copper Peak. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ironwood: Bayfield (Hauser's Superior View Orchard, Spas, &more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Black River Harbor Recreation Area, steep yourself in history at Downtown Miners Mural, and trek along Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ironwood trip planning site.

You can drive from Iron Mountain to Ironwood in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Houghton.

Things to do in Ironwood

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Houghton

— 1 night
Houghton is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Mineral Museum of Michigan, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Nature Park, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Quincy Mine, and finally immerse yourself in nature at McLain State Park.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Houghton online travel route builder.

Getting from Ironwood to Houghton by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Ironwood to Houghton, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August in Houghton, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Marquette.

Things to do in Houghton

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marquette

— 5 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Sugarloaf Mountain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marquette: Munising (Open Wings Pottery & Gallery, Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hogback Mountain, relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy, and tee off at Marquette Golf Club.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Marquette online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Houghton to Marquette in 2 hours. August in Marquette sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.