27 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

27 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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27 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly + taxi:  6​h
1
Copper Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Ontonagon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Marquette
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Munising
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  2​h
7
Mackinac Island
— 4 nights
ferry:  15​min
8
Saint Ignace
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
End: Kalamazoo

2
nights
Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Haven Waterfalls and Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Eagle River Falls, admire the sheer force of Silver River Falls, then stroll around Hunter's Point Park, then cruise along Brockway Mountain Drive, and finally try for a hole-in-one at Into the Woods Mini Golf and Gardens.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Copper Harbor trip itinerary website .

Kalamazoo to Copper Harbor is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Kalamazoo in August, expect nights in Copper Harbor to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Eagle Harbor, Eagle River Falls, Haven Waterfalls and Park
Highlights from your plan
Fort Wilkins State Park ©
Fort Wilkins State Park
The Jampot ©
The Jampot
Into the Woods Mini Golf and Gardens ©

4
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Explore Ontonagon's surroundings by going to Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton), Hancock (Quincy Mine & McLain State Park) and Bond Falls (in Paulding). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bond Falls, hike along North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail), explore the activities along Presque Isle River, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ontonagon trip maker tool .

You can drive from Copper Harbor to Ontonagon in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Marquette.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hancock, Adventure Mining Company, North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail), Mineral Museum of Michigan
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Adventure Mining Company ©
Adventure Mining Company
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park

4
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Marquette side-trips: Perkins County Park (in Big Bay), Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)) and Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park, don't miss a visit to Iron Mountain Iron Mine, take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, and take a stroll through Downtown Marquette.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marquette online visit planner .

You can drive from Ontonagon to Marquette in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Manistique, Iron Mountain Iron Mine, Perkins County Park, Fayette Historic State Park
Highlights from your plan
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

4
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Munising is known for parks, beaches, nature, outdoors, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, Head underground at Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, and explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Munising attractions planner .

Drive from Marquette to Munising in an hour. In September, daytime highs in Munising are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

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 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Log Slide Overlook, learn about all things military at Grand Marais Maritime Museum, make a trip to Au Sable Light Station, and enjoy the sand and surf at 12-Mile Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Grand Marais day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Munising to Grand Marais takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Grand Marais can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Paradise.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Seney National Wildlife Refuge ©
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Log Slide Overlook ©
Log Slide Overlook
12-Mile Beach ©
12-Mile Beach

2
nights
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Oswald's Bear Ranch, explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Point Iroquois Lighthouse, then get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paradise journey app .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Paradise in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Paradise are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Point Iroquois Lighthouse, Oswald's Bear Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Oswald's Bear Ranch ©
Oswald's Bear Ranch

4
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Mackinac Island is known for parks, museums, historic sites, outdoors, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

3
nights
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Ignace: Sault Ste. Marie (Soo Locks, Riverstone Gallery, & more) and The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk (in Manistique). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, walk around Bridge View Park, admire the landmark architecture of Indian Village, and immerse yourself in nature at Straits State Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Saint Ignace online travel planner .

Saint Ignace is just a stone's throw from Mackinac Island. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sault Ste. Marie, The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk
Highlights from your plan
Bridge View Park ©
Bridge View Park
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

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