30 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

30 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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30 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Saint Ignace
— 3 nights
ferry:  15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 4 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h
3
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Copper Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Ontonagon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Ironwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Iron Mountain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Manistique
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Munising
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Marquette
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Detroit

3
nights
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Explore Saint Ignace's surroundings by going to Harbor Springs (Nub's Nob & Boyne Highlands), Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery (in Alanson) and Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, stop by Mackinac Fudge Shop, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name of Mary Church, and stroll through Bridge View Park.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Saint Ignace trip builder website .

Detroit to Saint Ignace is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, Saint Ignace is slightly colder than Detroit - with highs of 31°F and lows of 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Sault Ste. Marie, Harbor Springs, Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery, Cross In The Woods National Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Bridge View Park ©
Bridge View Park
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©

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: admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and enjoy the sea views from Round Island Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island driving holiday website .

Mackinac Island is just a short distance from Saint Ignace. In December, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 31°F, while nighttime lows are 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

2
nights
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 25th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Oswald's Bear Ranch, explore the engaging exhibits at Tahquamenon Logging Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, then get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, and then see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paradise online trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Mackinac Island in December, Paradise is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. On the 27th (Thu), stop by Copper World, admire the engineering at Hungarian Falls, and then glide through natural beauty at Swedetown Ski Trails. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Manganese Falls, then take a memorable drive along High Rock Bay, then admire all the interesting features of Brockway Mountain Drive, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brickside Brewery.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Copper Harbor trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Paradise to Copper Harbor takes 5.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Copper Harbor can reach 29°F, while at night they dip to 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Outdoors Scenic Drive Winter Sports

Side Trips

Calumet, Hungarian Falls
Highlights from your plan
Hungarian Falls ©
Hungarian Falls
Brickside Brewery ©
Brickside Brewery
Copper World ©
Copper World

4
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ontonagon: Bishop Baraga Shrine (in L'Anse) and Hanka Homestead (in Pelkie). Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Bond Falls. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Clouds, hit the slopes at Porcupine Mountains Ski Area, get engrossed in the history at Ontonagon County Historical Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Summit Peak.

Start your trip to Ontonagon by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Copper Harbor to Ontonagon in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Ontonagon can reach 27°F, while at night they dip to 16°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ironwood.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hanka Homestead Museum, Bishop Baraga Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park

2
nights
Ironwood

Ironwood ©
Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. On the 2nd (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Zion Ski Hill & Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail, fly down the slopes at Copper Peak, ski along the peaceful trails at ABR Trails, then appreciate the history behind Downtown Miners Mural, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ironwood Historic Depot & Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ironwood tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Ontonagon to Ironwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 21°F in January, and nighttime lows around 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Iron Mountain.

Things to do in Ironwood

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Highlights from your plan
ABR Trails ©
ABR Trails
Copper Peak ©
Copper Peak

2
nights
Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain ©
Iron Mountain is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): make a trip to U.P. Veterans Memorial and then fly down the slopes at Pine Mountain. On the next day, browse the collection at Dickinson County Library, stop by Rainbow Gifts and Yarn, then make a trip to Norway Spring, and finally go deep underground at Iron Mountain Iron Mine.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Iron Mountain trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Ironwood to Iron Mountain takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Iron Mountain can reach 22°F, while at night they dip to 7°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Iron Mountain

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Norway, Iron Mountain Iron Mine
Highlights from your plan
Iron Mountain Iron Mine ©
Iron Mountain Iron Mine
Dickinson County Library ©
Dickinson County Library

2
nights
Manistique

Manistique ©
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stop by The Mustard Seed, then take in the dramatic natural features at Palms Book State Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring). Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Historical Village Fayette Park, then admire the majestic nature at Fayette Historic State Park, and then view the masterpieces at Lake Effect Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Manistique trip planning tool .

Getting from Iron Mountain to Manistique by car takes about 2 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Manistique are 24°F, while nighttime lows are 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Garden
Highlights from your plan
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park

4
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 a short trip to Grand Marais Maritime Museum in Grand Marais (about 1h 05 min away). Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls, and ski along the peaceful trails at Valley Spur.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Munising driving holiday tool .

You can drive from Manistique to Munising in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 26°F, and evening lows to 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Marais Maritime Museum, 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

4
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Marquette is known for nature, museums, nightlife, outdoors, and breweries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hogback Mountain, view the masterpieces at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, and have fun and explore at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Marquette online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Munising to Marquette takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Munising in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Marquette, with lows around 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Hogback Mountain ©
Hogback Mountain

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