29 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

29 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula travel route planner

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Marquette
— 4 nights
Drive
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Copper Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 6 nights
Drive
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Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint Ignace
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 5 nights
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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. Get out of town with these interesting Marquette side-trips: Iron Mountain Iron Mine (in Vulcan), Fumee Falls (in Quinnesec) and Immaculate Conception Church Iron Mountain (in Iron Mountain). There's still lots to do: walk around Presque Isle Park, relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy, take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, and wander the streets of Downtown Marquette.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Marquette online sightseeing planner.

South Bend to Marquette is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from South Bend in August, with highs in Marquette at 73°F and lows at 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Copper Harbor

— 2 nights
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Haven Waterfalls and Park, stop by The Jampot, then enjoy the sea views from Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, and finally stroll through Copper Harbor Bike Trail System. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Fort Wilkins State Park, then stroll around Hunter's Point Park, then admire all the interesting features of Brockway Mountain Drive, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Silver River Falls.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Copper Harbor online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Marquette to Copper Harbor in 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Marquette in September since evenings lows in Copper Harbor dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 3 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Ontonagon side-trips: Ironwood (Downtown Miners Mural & Copper Peak), Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton) and Quincy Mine (in Hancock).

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Ontonagon journey builder app.

Getting from Copper Harbor to Ontonagon by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ontonagon are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Munising

— 6 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munising: Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)), Garden Bay Winery (in Cooks) and Garden (Historical Village Fayette Park & Fayette Historic State Park). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the dramatic scenery at Tannery Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Drive from Ontonagon to Munising in 3 hours. In September in Munising, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 2 nights
Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 16th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Seney National Wildlife Refuge, then see the interesting displays at Pickle Barrel House Museum, and then go for a walk through Log Slide Overlook. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Muskallonge Lake State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Oswald's Bear Ranch, and then walk around Bayshore Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Grand Marais day trip app.

Traveling by car from Munising to Grand Marais takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Grand Marais are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Paradise.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

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 18th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Point Iroquois Lighthouse, look and learn at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paradise sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Paradise takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Saint Ignace

— 4 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Venture out of the city with trips to Sault Ste. Marie (George Kemp Marina, Rotary Island Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, get a taste of life in the country at Deer Ranch, immerse yourself in nature at Straits State Park, and walk around Bridge View Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saint Ignace trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Paradise to Saint Ignace by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 5 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, trot along with a tour on horseback, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island travel route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island takes an hour. In September, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

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.