25 days in Michigan’s Central Upper Peninsula & New York City Itinerary

25 days in Michigan’s Central Upper Peninsula & New York City Itinerary

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25 days in Michigan’s Central Upper Peninsula & New York City Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  3​h
1
Marquette
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Munising
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Escanaba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Iron Mountain
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
6
New York City
— 9 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

3
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Marquette is known for nature, museums, nightlife, outdoors, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blackrocks Brewery, and examine the collection at Michigan Iron Industry Museum.

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Minneapolis to Marquette is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Minneapolis in June: high temperatures in Marquette hover around 70°F and lows are around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Michigan Iron Industry Museum
Highlights from your plan
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Lakenenland Sculpture Park ©
Lakenenland Sculpture Park

4
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Explore Munising's surroundings by going to Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, go for a walk through Autrain Falls, and putt your heart out at Miners Falls Mini Golf.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Munising day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Marquette to Munising takes 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Manistique, Autrain Falls
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Miners Castle Rock ©
Miners Castle Rock
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)

3
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. Step out of Grand Marais with an excursion to Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Seney--about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Chapel Falls, don't miss a visit to Au Sable Light Station, go for a walk through Log Slide Overlook, and head outdoors with Sable Falls.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Marais itinerary builder .

You can drive from Munising to Grand Marais in 1.5 hours. June in Grand Marais sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Escanaba.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Chapel Falls ©
Chapel Falls
Seney National Wildlife Refuge ©
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Sable Falls ©
Sable Falls

2
nights
Escanaba

Escanaba ©
Escanaba is a port city in Delta County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Historical Village Fayette Park, admire the majestic nature at Fayette Historic State Park, and then do a tasting at Leigh's Garden Winery. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Pelegrini's Strawberry Farm, get engrossed in the history at Delta County Historical Museum, and then stroll through Ludington Park.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Escanaba road trip planning app .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Escanaba in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Iron Mountain.

Things to do in Escanaba

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Garden
Highlights from your plan
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Ludington Park ©
Ludington Park
Leigh's Garden Winery ©
Leigh's Garden Winery

2
nights
Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain ©
Iron Mountain is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at WWII Glider & Military Museum, don't miss a visit to U.P. Veterans Memorial, then admire the sheer force of Fumee Falls, and finally get lost in a book at Dickinson County Library. On the next day, make a trip to Iron Mountain Iron Mine, stroll through Piers Gorge Trail, then look for gifts at Rainbow Gifts and Yarn, and finally don't miss a visit to Norway Spring.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Iron Mountain trip planning website .

You can drive from Escanaba to Iron Mountain in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Escanaba to Iron Mountain, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Iron Mountain are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Iron Mountain

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Norway, Iron Mountain Iron Mine, Fumee Falls
Highlights from your plan
Fumee Falls ©
Fumee Falls
Iron Mountain Iron Mine ©
Iron Mountain Iron Mine
Rainbow Gifts and Yarn ©
Rainbow Gifts and Yarn

9
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, and don't miss a visit to Grand Central Terminal.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City itinerary builder site .

Explore your travel options from Iron Mountain to New York City with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Iron Mountain to New York City. Traveling from Iron Mountain in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in New York City, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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