28 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

28 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula itinerary planner
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Ontonagon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Copper Harbor
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Saint Ignace
— 4 nights
Drive
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Garden
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 5 nights
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Marquette
— 4 nights
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Ontonagon — 4 nights

Get out of town with these interesting Ontonagon side-trips: Quincy Mine (in Hancock), Ironwood (Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail & Little Girls Point) and Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton).

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ontonagon holiday maker tool.

San Antonio to Ontonagon is an approximately 23.5-hour car ride. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, Ontonagon is colder than San Antonio - with highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Copper Harbor.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Copper Harbor — 3 nights

Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Change things up with these side-trips from Copper Harbor: McLain State Park (in Hancock), Calumet (Italian Hall Site & Copper Country Firefighters History Museum) and Nara Nature Park (in Houghton). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Brockway Mountain Drive, admire the sheer force of Manganese Falls, putt your heart out at Into the Woods Mini Golf and Gardens, and admire the majestic nature at Fort Wilkins State Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Copper Harbor online visit planner.

Drive from Ontonagon to Copper Harbor in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Copper Harbor are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Paradise.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Paradise — 2 nights

Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. On the 12th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, then explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the majestic nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Point Iroquois Lighthouse, browse the exhibits of Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, and then see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paradise trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Copper Harbor to Paradise takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Copper Harbor in August, Paradise is little chillier at night with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.
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Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip

Mackinac Island — 4 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Paradise in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 59°F in Mackinac Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Saint Ignace.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Saint Ignace — 4 nights

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Explore Saint Ignace's surroundings by going to Sault Ste. Marie (Museum Ship Valley Camp, Tower of History, &more) and GarLyn Zoological Park (in Naubinway). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, delve into the mystery of Mystery Spot, walk around Bridge View Park, and shop like a local with Museum of Ojibwa Culture.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Saint Ignace vacation builder website.

Ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Saint Ignace can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Garden.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Garden — 1 night

Garden is a village in Delta County of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): do a tasting at Garden Bay Winery, then immerse yourself in nature at Fayette Historic State Park, and then steep yourself in history at Historical Village Fayette Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Garden trip builder website.

You can drive from Saint Ignace to Garden in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Saint Ignace in August since evenings lows in Garden dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wineries
Side Trip

Munising — 5 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munising: Sable Falls (in Grand Marais), Newberry (Tahquamenon Logging Museum & Oswald's Bear Ranch) and Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), Palms Book State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, try for a hole-in-one at Miners Falls Mini Golf, take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, and admire the sheer force of Munising Falls.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Munising journey maker.

You can drive from Garden to Munising in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marquette.
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Marquette — 4 nights

Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marquette: Iron Mountain (U.P. Veterans Memorial & Fumee Lake Natural Area), Iron Mountain Iron Mine (in Vulcan) and Michigamme Historical Museum (in Michigamme). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park, trek along Iron Ore Heritage Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, and take a stroll through Downtown Marquette.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Marquette online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Munising to Marquette takes an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Marquette can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trips

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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