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
Saint Ignace
— 4 nights
— 3 nights
Iron Mountain
— 3 nights
— 4 nights
— 1 night
— 5 nights


Saint Ignace — 4 nights

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Depot Beach and Michigan Beach Park. Get outdoors at Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park and Little Traverse Bay Golf Course. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Ignace: Petoskey (Odawa Casino, Historic Gaslight District, &more) and Mushroom House Tours (in Charlevoix). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, stroll around Bridge View Park, get great views at Castle Rock, and take in nature's colorful creations at Museum of Ojibwa Culture.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Saint Ignace attractions planner.

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Antonio to Saint Ignace due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Antonio, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Saint Ignace, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Manistique.
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. state of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 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 Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring). Step out of Manistique to go to Munising and see Spray Falls, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Palms Book State Park, learn about winemaking at Garden Bay Winery, and trek along The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Manistique journey tool.

Getting from Saint Ignace to Manistique by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Saint Ignace in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 54°F in Manistique. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iron Mountain.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips

Iron Mountain — 3 nights

Iron Mountain is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Take a break from the city and head to Timberstone Golf Course and Fumee Lake Natural Area. Explore Iron Mountain's surroundings by going to Sweetgrass Golf Course (in Harris) and Three Lakes (Northwoods Petroleum Museum & Three Lakes Winery). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Millie Mine Bat Viewing, stroll around Lake Antoine Park, browse the collection at Dickinson County Library, and don't miss a visit to U.P. Veterans Memorial.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Iron Mountain online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Manistique to Iron Mountain in 2 hours. Traveling from Manistique to Iron Mountain, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. August in Iron Mountain sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ironwood.
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. Visit Big Bay Town Park and Little Star Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Bond Falls and Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ironwood: Bayfield (Hauser's Superior View Orchard, Spas, &more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Black River Harbor Recreation Area, steep yourself in history at Downtown Miners Mural, and hit the slopes at Copper Peak.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Ironwood trip website.

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.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Side Trips

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 25th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Mineral Museum of Michigan, stroll through 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 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.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Marquette — 5 nights

Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Get in touch with nature at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Miners Castle Rock. 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, play a few rounds at Marquette Golf Club, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hogback Mountain, and experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trip

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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.