32 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

32 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula trip planner
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Fly to Duluth International Airport, Drive to Ironwood
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Ironwood
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Copper Harbor
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marquette
— 5 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 7 nights
Drive
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Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint Ignace
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 6 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Tampa

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Ironwood — 2 nights

Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. state of Michigan, about 18mi south of Lake Superior. Escape the urban bustle at Black River Harbor Recreation Area and Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ottawa National Forest and Copper Peak.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ironwood trip itinerary website.

Tampa to Ironwood is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tampa to Ironwood. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Tampa in May, with highs in Ironwood at 62°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ontonagon.
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Ontonagon — 3 nights

Take a break from the city and head to Presque Isle River and Porcupine Mountains State Park. Explore hidden gems such as Summit Peak and Adventure Mining Company.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ontonagon tour builder site.

Getting from Ironwood to Ontonagon by car takes about 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ironwood to Ontonagon is 1 hour. In May in Ontonagon, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Copper Harbor.
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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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Copper Harbor Bike Trail System and Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary. Step out of the city life by going to Keweenaw National Historical Park and Fort Wilkins State Park. There's more to do: explore and take pictures at Brockway Mountain Drive.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Copper Harbor tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Copper Harbor takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Marquette.
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Marquette — 5 nights

Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Iron Ore Heritage Trail and Dead River Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Piers Gorge Road and Presque Isle Park. Go for a jaunt from Marquette to Iron Mountain to see Pine Mountain about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: stop by Downtown Marquette, relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Marquette trip builder.

You can drive from Copper Harbor to Marquette in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Marquette are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.
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Munising — 7 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Escape the urban bustle at Sand Point Beach and Tannery Falls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk and Au Train Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Grand Marais (Log Slide Overlook & Sable Falls), Seney National Wildlife Refuge (in Seney) and Palms Book State Park (in Manistique). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chapel Rock and Beach, admire the sheer force of Laughing Whitefish Falls, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Munising road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Marquette to Munising takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Paradise.
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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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light and then see the sky in a new way at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paradise travel planner.

You can drive from Munising to Paradise in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car. In June in Paradise, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint Ignace.
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Saint Ignace — 3 nights

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Straits State Park and Museum of Ojibwa Culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Ignace: Sault Ste. Marie (Museum Ship Valley Camp & Soo Locks). There's more to do: wander the wide-open spaces of Deer Ranch and snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Ignace day trip planning site.

You can drive from Paradise to Saint Ignace in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Mackinac Island.
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Mackinac Island — 6 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Get outdoors at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and Mackinac Island State Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jewel Golf Course and Mackinac Cycle. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, stop by Island House Bike Shop, and steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island route planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.
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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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