37 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

37 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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37 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Iron Mountain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Ontonagon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Copper Harbor
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Marquette
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Munising
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Manistique
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  2​h
9
Mackinac Island
— 5 nights
ferry + bus:  3​h 45​min
10
Sault Ste. Marie
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Tampa

2
nights
Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain ©
Iron Mountain is a city in the U.S. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Iron Mountain Iron Mine, trek along Fumee Lake Natural Area, and then play a few rounds at Timberstone Golf Course.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Iron Mountain trip site .

Tampa to Iron Mountain is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Tampa to Iron Mountain, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tampa in July: highs in Iron Mountain hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Iron Mountain

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Iron Mountain Iron Mine, Bewabic State Park
Highlights from your plan
Bewabic State Park ©
Bewabic State Park
WWII Glider & Military Museum ©
WWII Glider & Military Museum
Fumee Lake Natural Area ©
Fumee Lake Natural Area

4
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Main Overlook and Ontonagon County Historical Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Bond Falls and Lake of the Clouds. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ontonagon: Lake Gogebic State Park (in Marenisco) and Sylvania Wilderness (in Watersmeet). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Adventure Mining Company, steep yourself in history at Old Victoria Restoration, and identify plant and animal life at Ontonagon Township Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ontonagon trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Iron Mountain to Ontonagon takes 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Iron Mountain in July, plan for slightly colder days in Ontonagon, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Gogebic State Park, Sylvania Wilderness, Old Victoria Restoration, Adventure Mining Company
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Old Victoria Restoration ©
Old Victoria Restoration
Lake Gogebic State Park ©
Lake Gogebic State Park

3
nights
Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fort Wilkins State Park and Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary. Get some cultural insight at Quincy Mine and Mineral Museum of Michigan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Copper Harbor: McLain State Park (in Hancock) and The Jampot (in Eagle Harbor). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, take a memorable drive along Brockway Mountain Drive, sample the tasty concoctions at Brickside Brewery, and take in the dramatic scenery at Eagle River Falls.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Copper Harbor journey builder site .

You can drive from Ontonagon to Copper Harbor in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Marquette.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Eagle Harbor, Hancock, Mineral Museum of Michigan, Eagle River Falls
Highlights from your plan
Mineral Museum of Michigan ©
Mineral Museum of Michigan
Quincy Mine ©
Quincy Mine
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums ©

4
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Downtown Marquette and Marquette Maritime Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Michigan Iron Industry Museum and Blackrocks Brewery. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park, take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, see the interesting displays at Marquette Regional History Center, and trek along North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail).

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Marquette road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Copper Harbor to Marquette in 3 hours. Traveling from Copper Harbor in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Marquette, with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ishpeming, Michigan Iron Industry Museum, North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail)
Highlights from your plan
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Michigan Iron Industry Museum ©
Michigan Iron Industry Museum
Marquette Regional History Center ©
Marquette Regional History Center

5
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sand Point Lighthouse and Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sand Point Beach and Tannery Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Munising: Escanaba (Bonifas Art Gallery & Delta County Historical Museum). Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Chapel Rock and Beach, try to win big at Kewadin Casinos - Christmas, take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

Before you visit Munising, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Marquette to Munising by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Munising sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manistique.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Escanaba, Kewadin Casinos - Christmas, Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach
Delta County Historical Museum ©
Delta County Historical Museum

2
nights
Manistique

Manistique ©
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Historical Village Fayette Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Fayette Historic State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Palms Book State Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Lake Effect Art Gallery, then visit a coastal fixture at Seul Choix Point Lighthouse, and then identify plant and animal life at Seney National Wildlife Refuge.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Manistique vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Munising to Manistique takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Manistique can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Garden, Seul Choix Point Lighthouse, Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Seney National Wildlife Refuge ©
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Historical Village Fayette Park ©
Historical Village Fayette Park

3
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Crisp Point Lighthouse and Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Marais Maritime Museum and Pickle Barrel House Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Oswald's Bear Ranch in Newberry (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at 12-Mile Beach, get outside with Sable Falls, stroll through Woodland Park, and take in the pleasant sights at Log Slide Overlook.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Grand Marais trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Manistique to Grand Marais in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Grand Marais can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Newberry
Highlights from your plan
Oswald's Bear Ranch ©
Oswald's Bear Ranch
Crisp Point Lighthouse ©
Crisp Point Lighthouse
Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum ©

2
nights
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): look and learn at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paradise day trip planning app .

You can drive from Grand Marais to Paradise in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory ©
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

5
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Get some cultural insight at St Anne's Catholic Church and The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Fort Holmes and Island House Bike Shop. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, contemplate the long history of Biddle House, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island route planner.

Getting from Paradise to Mackinac Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Paradise in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Mackinac Island, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Outdoors Golf
Highlights from your plan
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes

6
nights
Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie ©
Sault Ste. Museum of Ojibwa Culture and Museum Ship Valley Camp are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as USDA Iroquois Lighthouse and Fort de Baude Museum. Explore Sault Ste. Marie's surroundings by going to Saint Ignace (Indian Village, Wawatam Lighthouse, & more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Soo Locks, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower of History, appreciate the extensive heritage of Water Street Historic Block, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Soo Brewing Company.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sault Ste. Marie trip maker website .

Getting from Mackinac Island to Sault Ste. Marie by combination of ferry and bus takes about 4 hours. In August in Sault Ste. Marie, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Brimley
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Ojibwa Culture ©
Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Fort de Baude Museum ©
Fort de Baude Museum

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