29 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

29 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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29 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Iron Mountain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Ontonagon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Copper Harbor
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive + Ferry:  2​h
5
Mackinac Island
— 4 nights
Ferry + Bus:  4​h 15​min
6
Sault Ste. Marie
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Munising
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Marquette
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Denver

1
night
Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain ©
Iron Mountain is a city in the U.S. On the 4th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Fumee Falls, stop by Rainbow Gifts and Yarn, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Chapin Mine Pit, then browse the collection at Dickinson County Library, and finally make a trip to U.P. Veterans Memorial.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Iron Mountain trip itinerary planner .

Denver to Iron Mountain is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in August, expect nights in Iron Mountain to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Iron Mountain

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Fumee Falls, Rainbow Gifts and Yarn
Highlights from your plan
Fumee Falls ©
Fumee Falls
Dickinson County Library ©
Dickinson County Library
Rainbow Gifts and Yarn ©
Rainbow Gifts and Yarn

4
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ontonagon: Lower Silver Falls (in Baraga) and L'Anse (North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail) & Bishop Baraga Shrine). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company, get to know the fascinating history of Main Overlook, and trek along Little Carp River Trail.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ontonagon travel route planning app .

You can drive from Iron Mountain to Ontonagon in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Iron Mountain to Ontonagon, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

L'Anse, Adventure Mining Company, Lower Silver Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds
Adventure Mining Company ©
Adventure Mining Company

3
nights
Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Explore Copper Harbor's surroundings by going to The Jampot (in Eagle Harbor), Hancock (McLain State Park & Quincy Mine) and Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Brockway Mountain Drive, admire all the interesting features of Fort Wilkins State Park, admire the sheer force of Silver River Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Perkins County Park.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Copper Harbor trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Copper Harbor takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Copper Harbor are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Big Bay, Hancock, Eagle Harbor, Eagle River Falls, Mineral Museum of Michigan
Highlights from your plan
Mineral Museum of Michigan ©
Mineral Museum of Michigan
Quincy Mine ©
Quincy Mine
Fort Wilkins State Park ©
Fort Wilkins State Park

2
nights
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park. On your second day here, see the sky in a new way at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, then see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Paradise travel tool .

Drive from Copper Harbor to Paradise in 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 (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Whitefish Point Light ©
Whitefish Point Light

4
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, wildlife, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, make a trip to Fort Holmes, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mackinac Island online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Mackinac Island when traveling from Paradise in August, with lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

3
nights
Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie ©
Sault Ste. Get out of town with these interesting Sault Ste. Marie side-trips: Crisp Point Lighthouse (in Newberry) and Saint Ignace (Straits State Park, Mackinac Bridge, & more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, enjoy the sea views from USDA Iroquois Lighthouse, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Museum Ship Valley Camp.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sault Ste. Marie trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Sault Ste. Marie in 4.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Sault Ste. Marie are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Point Iroquois Lighthouse, Crisp Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Bridge View Park ©
Bridge View Park
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge

2
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Seney National Wildlife Refuge, then take in the pleasant sights at Log Slide Overlook, and then brush up on your military savvy at Grand Marais Maritime Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Chapel Falls, then don't miss a visit to Au Sable Light Station, and then kick back and relax at 12-Mile Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Grand Marais trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sault Ste. Marie to Grand Marais takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

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

5
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Munising: Oswald's Bear Ranch (in Newberry), Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park) and Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, try for a hole-in-one at Miners Falls Mini Golf, admire all the interesting features of Autrain Falls, and look for gifts at Open Wings Pottery & Gallery.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Munising itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Munising takes 1.5 hours. August in Munising sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Manistique, Oswald's Bear Ranch, Fayette Historic State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls

4
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Step out of Marquette with an excursion to Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park in Deerton--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park, hike along Iron Ore Heritage Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Morgan Falls, and wander the streets of Downtown Marquette.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Marquette trip planner.

Getting from Munising to Marquette by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellow Dog Falls
Highlights from your plan
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Lakenenland Sculpture Park ©
Lakenenland Sculpture Park

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