21 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

21 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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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. Escape the urban bustle at Michigan Beach Park and Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park. Explore Saint Ignace's surroundings by going to Petoskey (Odawa Casino, Historic Gaslight District, &more), Charlevoix (Mushroom House Tours & Depot Beach) and Little Traverse Bay Golf Course (in Harbor Springs). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, stop by Museum of Ojibwa Culture, get great views at Castle Rock, and stroll around Bridge View Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Ignace sightseeing planning app.

San Antonio to Saint Ignace is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Antonio to Saint Ignace is 1 hour. In June, Saint Ignace is colder than San Antonio - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manistique.
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Manistique — 3 nights

Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. state of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Get outdoors at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Miner's Beach. Explore Manistique's surroundings by going to Spray Falls (in Munising) and 12-Mile Beach (in Grand Marais). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), hike along The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk, learn about winemaking at Garden Bay Winery, and admire the majestic nature at Palms Book State Park.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Manistique itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint Ignace to Manistique in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Manistique are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Iron Mountain.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Iron Mountain — 3 nights

Iron Mountain is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Escape the urban bustle at Timberstone Golf Course and Sweetgrass Golf Course. Get out of town with these interesting Iron Mountain side-trips: Three Lakes (Northwoods Petroleum Museum & Three Lakes Winery). And it doesn't end there: trek along Fumee Lake Natural Area, make a trip to U.P. Veterans Memorial, walk around Lake Antoine Park, and browse the collection at Dickinson County Library.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Iron Mountain journey site.

Drive from Manistique to Iron Mountain in 2 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Manistique to Iron Mountain due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manistique in July, expect nights in Iron Mountain to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ironwood.
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Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Museums
Side Trips

Ironwood — 4 nights

Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. state of Michigan, about 18mi south of Lake Superior. Take a break from the city and head to Black River Harbor Recreation Area and Little Star Beach Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ironwood: Bond Falls (in Ontonagon), Big Bay Town Park (in La Pointe) and Bayfield (Hauser's Superior View Orchard, Spas, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail, stroll through Copper Peak, and appreciate the history behind Downtown Miners Mural.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ironwood online trip planner.

Getting from Iron Mountain to Ironwood by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Iron Mountain in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ironwood: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Houghton.
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Houghton — 1 night

Houghton is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and largest city in the Copper Country on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Mineral Museum of Michigan, identify plant and animal life at Nara Nature Park, then steep yourself in history at Quincy Mine, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at McLain State Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Houghton day trip site.

Drive from Ironwood to Houghton in 2 hours. Traveling from Ironwood to Houghton, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July in Houghton, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marquette.
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Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip

Marquette — 5 nights

Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Get outdoors at Presque Isle Park and Miners Castle Rock. Explore Marquette's surroundings by going to Munising (Open Wings Pottery & Gallery, Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, &more). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy, wander the streets of Downtown Marquette, and tee off at Marquette Golf Club.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Marquette trip planning website.

Drive from Houghton to Marquette in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Upper Peninsula travel guide

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Waterfalls · State Parks · Geologic Formations
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.
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