37 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

37 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula visit planner

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Fly to Austin Straubel International Airport, Drive to Iron Mountain
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Iron Mountain
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Copper Harbor
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marquette
— 5 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 5 nights
Drive
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Grand Marais
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Saint Ignace
— 4 nights
Bus to Pellston, MI, Fly to Philadelphia

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Iron Mountain

— 3 nights
Iron Mountain is a city in the U.S. Explore Iron Mountain's surroundings by going to Escanaba (Delta County Historical Museum & Ludington Park) and Menominee (Great Lakes Memorial Marina Park, Menominee County Historical Society Heritage Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Iron Mountain Iron Mine, stroll through Piers Gorge Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Fumee Lake Natural Area, and contemplate the long history of Immaculate Conception Church Iron Mountain.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Iron Mountain online trip itinerary maker.

Philadelphia to Iron Mountain is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Philadelphia to Iron Mountain. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, expect Iron Mountain to be little chillier, temps between 80°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Iron Mountain

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 4 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Ontonagon side-trips: Ironwood (Black River Harbor Recreation Area & Copper Peak), Lower Silver Falls (in Baraga) and Quincy Mine (in Hancock).

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ontonagon trip planner.

Getting from Iron Mountain to Ontonagon by car takes about 2.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Iron Mountain to Ontonagon due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Iron Mountain, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ontonagon, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Copper Harbor

— 3 nights
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to The Jampot (in Eagle Harbor), Jacob's Falls (in Eagle River) and Hungarian Falls (in Hubbell). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Mineral Museum of Michigan, get engrossed in the history at Houghton County Historical Museum Complex, explore and take pictures at Brockway Mountain Drive, and admire the sheer force of Eagle River Falls.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Copper Harbor online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Copper Harbor takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Marquette

— 5 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Explore Marquette's surroundings by going to Big Bay (Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook & Yellow Dog Falls). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, explore the activities along Dead River Falls, sample the tasty concoctions at Blackrocks Brewery, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Marquette sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Copper Harbor to Marquette takes 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Munising

— 5 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munising: Garden (Fayette Historic State Park & Historical Village Fayette Park) and Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), Palms Book State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, and get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Munising journey builder.

Traveling by car from Marquette to Munising takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 4 nights
Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Newberry (Muskallonge Lake State Park, Oswald's Bear Ranch, &more) and Seney National Wildlife Refuge (in Seney). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Log Slide Overlook, stroll around Woodland Park, get engrossed in the history at Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum, and kick back and relax at 12-Mile Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Marais trip site.

Getting from Munising to Grand Marais by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Paradise

— 2 nights
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 14th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Point Iroquois Lighthouse, look and learn at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paradise trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Paradise in 2 hours. August in Paradise sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 6 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, take in the local highlights with Fort Mackinac, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and make a trip to Fort Holmes.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary app.

Getting from Paradise to Mackinac Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Paradise in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 59°F in Mackinac Island. You will leave for Saint Ignace on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Saint Ignace

— 4 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Ignace: Sault Ste. Marie (Tower of History, Museum Ship Valley Camp, &more). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, see the interesting displays at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, take an unorthodox tour of Mystery Spot, and get great views at Castle Rock.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Saint Ignace trip builder site.

You can ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Saint Ignace can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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.