36 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

36 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula sightseeing planner
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Copper Harbor
— 2 nights
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Hancock
— 3 nights
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Ironwood
— 3 nights
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Iron Mountain
— 3 nights
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Escanaba
— 3 nights
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Marquette
— 4 nights
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Munising
— 6 nights
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Grand Marais
— 3 nights
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Saint Ignace
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 5 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Saint Louis

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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. Get in touch with nature at Fort Wilkins State Park and Jacob's Falls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary and Copper Harbor Bike Trail System. Step out of Copper Harbor to go to Eagle Harbor and see The Jampot, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll around Hunter's Point Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Manganese Falls, get a new perspective on things with Isle Royale Queen IV Boat, and go deep underground at Delaware Copper MineTours.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Copper Harbor online vacation planner.

Saint Louis to Copper Harbor is an approximately 11.5-hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint Louis to Copper Harbor is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Saint Louis in September: high temperatures in Copper Harbor hover around 67°F and lows are around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hancock.
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Hancock — 3 nights

Hancock is a city in Houghton County, Michigan, United States and is located on Copper Island, which is part of the Keweenaw Peninsula, on the Keweenaw Waterway directly opposite Houghton, Michigan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Quincy Mine and North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail). Get in touch with nature at Keweenaw National Historical Park and McLain State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Hancock side-trips: Bishop Baraga Shrine (in L'Anse), Baraga State Park (in Baraga) and Adventure Mining Company (in Greenland). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Mineral Museum of Michigan, admire the sheer force of Hungarian Falls, look for gifts at Copper World, and get engrossed in the history at Carnegie Museum.

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Traveling by car from Copper Harbor to Hancock takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Hancock are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Ironwood.
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Ironwood — 3 nights

Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. state of Michigan, about 18mi south of Lake Superior. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Copper Peak and Presque Isle River. Take a break from the city and head to Black River Harbor Recreation Area and Summit Peak. Venture out of the city with trips to Ontonagon (Bond Falls & Mirror Lake) and Paulding Light (in Paulding). Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring nature at Ottawa National Forest. There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Historic Ironwood Museum and fly down the slopes at Big Powderhorn Mountain.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ironwood tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hancock to Ironwood in 2 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hancock to Ironwood due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Ironwood are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Iron Mountain.
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Iron Mountain — 3 nights

Iron Mountain is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Get in touch with nature at Pine Mountain and Bewabic State Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Piers Gorge Road and Fumee Lake Natural Area. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Iron Mountain Iron Mine, steep yourself in history at Menominee Range Historical Museum, see the interesting displays at WWII Glider & Military Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Church Iron Mountain.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Iron Mountain online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ironwood to Iron Mountain takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Escanaba.
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Escanaba — 3 nights

Escanaba is a port city in Delta County in the U.S. state of Michigan, located on the Escanaba River in the banana belt of the state's Upper Peninsula. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fayette Historic State Park and Delta County Historical Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Pioneer Trail Park and Sweetgrass Golf Course. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Escanaba: DeYoung Family Zoo (in Wallace), Island Resort & Casino (in Harris) and Historical Village Fayette Park (in Garden). There's much more to do: stroll around Ludington Park, steep yourself in history at Peninsula Point Lighthouse, grab your bike and head to City of Escanaba Bike Path, and visit a coastal fixture at Sand Point Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Escanaba sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Iron Mountain to Escanaba in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Iron Mountain to Escanaba due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Marquette.
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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. Explore hidden gems such as Downtown Marquette and Marquette Regional History Center. Get outdoors at Dead River Falls and Marquette Golf Club. Get out of town with these interesting Marquette side-trips: Big Bay (Perkins County Park & Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Blackrocks Brewery, examine the collection at Michigan Iron Industry Museum, experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy, and explore the engaging exhibits at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Marquette online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Escanaba to Marquette takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Munising.
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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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Palms Book State Park and Sand Point Beach. Visiting The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk and Tannery Falls will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Kimar's Charters (in Au Train), Manistique (Thompson State Fish Hatchery, Mackinaw Trail Winery, &more) and Seul Choix Point Lighthouse (in Gulliver). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Chapel Rock and Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Alger Falls, get a new perspective on things with Pictured Rocks Kayaking, and step off the mainland to explore Grand Island.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Munising route planner.

You can drive from Marquette to Munising in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Grand Marais.
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Grand Marais — 3 nights

Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tahquamenon Falls and Crisp Point Lighthouse. Escape the urban bustle at Seney National Wildlife Refuge and Oswald's Bear Ranch. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Marais: Muskallonge Lake State Park (in Newberry) and Whitefish Point Bird Observatory (in Paradise). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Au Sable Light Station, see the interesting displays at Pickle Barrel House Museum, head outdoors with Sable Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at 12-Mile Beach.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Marais day trip site.

You can drive from Munising to Grand Marais in 1.5 hours. In October in Grand Marais, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Saint Ignace.
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Saint Ignace — 3 nights

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Explore hidden gems such as Deer Ranch and Museum Ship Valley Camp. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Ignace: Point Iroquois Lighthouse (in Brimley), Sault Ste. Marie (Lake Superior State University, Rotary Island Park, &more) and GarLyn Zoological Park (in Naubinway). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Straits State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, look for gifts at Fort de Baude Museum, and contemplate the long history of Indian Village.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Saint Ignace planner.

Getting from Grand Marais to Saint Ignace by car takes about 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.
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Mackinac Island — 5 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum. Get in touch with nature at Jewel Golf Course and The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and make a trip to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by ferry from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island takes an hour. In October in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 43°F at night. On the 12th (Mon), you'll travel back home.
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Upper Peninsula travel guide

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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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