35 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

35 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Saint Ignace
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 6 nights
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
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Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 7 nights
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Marquette
— 5 nights
Drive
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Copper Harbor
— 2 nights
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Ontonagon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Iron Mountain
— 2 nights
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Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Visiting Straits State Park and Bird's Eye Outfitters will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Holy Name of Mary Church and Wawatam Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Ignace: Sault Ste. Marie (Sault Ste Marie International Bridge, Soo Locks, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, get great views at Castle Rock, see the interesting displays at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and walk around Bridge View Park.

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Midland to Saint Ignace is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. When traveling from Midland in September, plan for slightly colder days in Saint Ignace, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

6
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Mackinac and Round Island Lighthouse. Escape the urban bustle at Arch Rock and The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, trot along with a tour on horseback, and don't miss a visit to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island in an hour. September in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 54°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Mon) before leaving for Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

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Paradise

Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 6th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then see the sky in a new way at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Iroquois Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paradise trip builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Paradise when traveling from Mackinac Island in October, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

2
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get outside with Sable Falls, then enjoy the sea views from Crisp Point Lighthouse, and then get engrossed in the history at Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Oswald's Bear Ranch and then look for all kinds of wild species at Seney National Wildlife Refuge.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Grand Marais travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Grand Marais takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Grand Marais are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

7
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Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Fayette Historic State Park and Seul Choix Point Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Venture out of the city with trips to Historical Village Fayette Park (in Garden), Garden Bay Winery (in Cooks) and Manistique (The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk, Thompson State Fish Hatchery, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Munising journey maker app.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Munising takes 1.5 hours. October in Munising sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

5
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Marquette

Marquette is a city in the U.S. Visiting Presque Isle Park and Hogback Mountain will get you outdoors. Explore Marquette's surroundings by going to Big Bay (Yellow Dog Falls, Perkins County Park, &more), Lower Silver Falls (in Baraga) and Van Riper State Park (in Champion). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, contemplate the waterfront views at Dead River Falls, examine the collection at Marquette Regional History Center, and experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Marquette trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Munising to Marquette in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Munising in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Marquette, with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
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Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the sheer force of Eagle River Falls, visit a coastal fixture at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, then take a memorable drive along Brockway Mountain Drive, and finally admire the majestic nature at Fort Wilkins State Park. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Keweenaw National Historical Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Copper Harbor online vacation planner.

Getting from Marquette to Copper Harbor by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Marquette in October, Copper Harbor is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

5
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Ontonagon

Get in touch with nature at Porcupine Mountains State Park and Bond Falls. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Quincy Mine and Downtown Miners Mural. Change things up with these side-trips from Ontonagon: Nara Nature Park (in Houghton), Hanka Homestead Museum (in Pelkie) and McLain State Park (in Hancock).

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ontonagon trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Copper Harbor to Ontonagon in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ontonagon can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Iron Mountain.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): tee off at Timberstone Golf Course, don't miss a visit to U.P. Veterans Memorial, then steep yourself in history at Immaculate Conception Church Iron Mountain, and finally contemplate the long history of Menominee Range Historical Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Fumee Falls, then stroll through Piers Gorge Trail, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Iron Mountain Iron Mine.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Iron Mountain trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Iron Mountain takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ontonagon to Iron Mountain is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Iron Mountain

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.