26 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

26 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Saint Ignace
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marquette
— 3 nights
Drive
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Copper Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ironwood
— 3 nights
Drive to Duluth International Airport, Fly to South Bend Regional Airport

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, look for all kinds of wild species at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mackinac Island trip planner.

South Bend to Mackinac Island is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from South Bend in June, expect Mackinac Island to be little chillier, temps between 67°F and 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

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Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Ignace: Sault Ste. Marie (Holy Name of Mary Church, Soo Locks, &more). There's much more to do: take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and stroll around Bridge View Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint Ignace trip itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace in an hour. July in Saint Ignace sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Paradise.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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Paradise

Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, then explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Point Iroquois Lighthouse, identify plant and animal life at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paradise sightseeing planner.

Getting from Saint Ignace to Paradise by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Saint Ignace in July since evenings lows in Paradise dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Grand Marais

Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Seney National Wildlife Refuge and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oswald's Bear Ranch. On the next day, make a trip to Au Sable Light Station, then go for a walk through Log Slide Overlook, and then head outdoors with Sable Falls.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Grand Marais trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Grand Marais takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach, stop by UP-Scale Art, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tannery Falls.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Munising tour planner.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Munising in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Marquette

Marquette is a city in the U.S. When in Marquette, make a side trip to see Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook in Big Bay, approximately Big Bay away. There's much more to do: stroll around Presque Isle Park, view the masterpieces at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hogback Mountain, and take a stroll through Downtown Marquette.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Marquette route website.

Traveling by car from Munising to Marquette takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Marquette can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. On the 17th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Haven Waterfalls and Park, identify plant and animal life at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Copper Harbor Bike Trail System, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Wilkins State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Hunter's Point Park, admire all the interesting features of Brockway Mountain Drive, then stop by The Jampot, and finally admire the sheer force of Eagle River Falls.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Copper Harbor road trip planner.

You can drive from Marquette to Copper Harbor in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Ontonagon

Change things up with these side-trips from Ontonagon: Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton) and Hancock (Quincy Mine & McLain State Park).

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Ontonagon journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Copper Harbor to Ontonagon takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ontonagon are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Ironwood.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Ironwood

Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Ottawa National Forest. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Black River Harbor Recreation Area, stroll around Little Girls Point, pause for some photo ops at Downtown Miners Mural, and learn about all things military at Ironwood Memorial Building.

To find photos and other tourist information, refer to the Ironwood sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Ironwood in 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ontonagon to Ironwood. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ironwood

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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.