36 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

36 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Fly to Houghton County Memorial Airport, Drive to Copper Harbor
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Copper Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hancock
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ironwood
— 3 nights
Drive
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Iron Mountain
— 3 nights
Drive
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Escanaba
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marquette
— 4 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 6 nights
Drive
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Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint Ignace
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 5 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to St. Louis

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Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Fort Wilkins State Park and Horseshoe Harbor. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary and Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums. Explore Copper Harbor's surroundings by going to Jacob's Falls (in Eagle River) and The Jampot (in Eagle Harbor). The adventure continues: walk around Hunter's Point Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Silver River Falls, go deep underground at Delaware Copper MineTours, and grab your bike and head to Copper Harbor Bike Trail System.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Copper Harbor online itinerary builder.

Saint Louis to Copper Harbor is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Copper Harbor due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Saint Louis in September, expect Copper Harbor to be little chillier, temps between 67°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Hancock.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Hancock

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 McLain State Park. Get in touch with nature at North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail) and Hungarian Falls. 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). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Keweenaw National Historical Park, take an in-depth tour of Carnegie Museum, stop by Copper World, and make a trip to Italian Hall Site.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Hancock day trip planning site.

You can drive from Copper Harbor to Hancock in 1.5 hours. September in Hancock sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Ironwood.

Things to do in Hancock

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

3
nights
Ironwood

Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Copper Peak and Summit Peak. Take a break from the city and head to Black River Harbor Recreation Area and Ottawa National Forest. Venture out of the city with trips to Paulding Light (in Paulding) and Ontonagon (Bond Falls, Presque Isle River, &more). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Powderhorn Mountain and get engrossed in the history at Ironwood Historic Depot & Museum.

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 travel to Iron Mountain.

Things to do in Ironwood

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain is a city in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Piers Gorge Trail and Fumee Lake Natural Area. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Iron Mountain Iron Mine and WWII Glider & Military Museum. Take a break from Iron Mountain with a short trip to Bewabic State Park in Crystal Falls, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Pine Mountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Church Iron Mountain, take an in-depth tour of Menominee Range Historical Museum, and admire the sheer force of Fumee Falls.

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.

Things to do in Iron Mountain

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

3
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Escanaba

Escanaba is a port city in Delta County in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fayette Historic State Park and Historical Village Fayette Park. 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) and John Henes Park (in Menominee). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Delta County Historical Museum, steep yourself in history at Peninsula Point Lighthouse, explore the landscape on two wheels at City of Escanaba Bike Path, and try your luck at Island Resort & Casino.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Escanaba online road trip planner.

You can drive from Iron Mountain to Escanaba in 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour 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.

Things to do in Escanaba

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Marquette

Marquette is a city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Downtown Marquette and Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook. Get outdoors at Dead River Falls and Marquette Mountain Ski and Bike Area. When in Marquette, make a side trip to see Perkins County Park in Big Bay, approximately Big Bay away. There's lots more to do: play a few rounds at Marquette Golf Club, examine the collection at Da Yoopers Innovation Museum, have fun and explore at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, and relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy.

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.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Palms Book State Park and The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk. Visiting Sand Point Beach 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: admire the sheer force of Chapel Falls, head off the coast to Grand Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Chapel Rock and Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

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

You can drive from Marquette to Munising in 1.5 hours. 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.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Grand Marais

Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tahquamenon Falls and Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Escape the urban bustle at Sable Falls and Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Marais: Newberry (Muskallonge Lake State Park, Oswald's Bear Ranch, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Au Sable Light Station, take in the pleasant sights at Log Slide Overlook, take an in-depth tour of Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum, and see the interesting displays at Pickle Barrel House Museum.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Marais attractions tool.

Getting from Munising to Grand Marais by car takes about 1.5 hours. October in Grand Marais sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Explore hidden gems such as Museum of Ojibwa Culture 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). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Straits State Park, get a taste of life in the country at Deer Ranch, take in the waterfront at Huron Boardwalk, and stop by Fort de Baude Museum.

Make your Saint Ignace itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Saint Ignace takes 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.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and Jewel Golf Course. Get in touch with nature at The Greens of Mackinac and Boat Tours & Water Sports. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, step off the mainland to explore Eagle Point Cave, tee off at Wawashkamo Golf Club, 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.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

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.