42 days in Upper Peninsula

42 days in Upper Peninsula

Diana Stein

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Springfield
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
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Indianapolis
— 2 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 1 night
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Saint Ignace
— 4 nights
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Sault Ste. Marie
— 4 nights
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Newberry
— 2 nights
Drive to Chippewa County International Airport, Fly to Marquette
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Marquette
— 4 nights
Fly to Houghton County Memorial Airport, Drive to Allouez
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Allouez
— 7 nights
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Green Bay
— 1 night
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Milwaukee
— 3 nights
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Springfield
— 3 nights
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Little Rock
— 1 night
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Hot Springs
— 4 nights
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Springfield

— 1 night
On the 24th (Sat), explore the galleries of History Museum on the Square and then make a trip to Park Central Square. Keep things going the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Frisco Highline Trail, then explore the activities along Valley Watermill Park, and then stroll through Galloway Creek Greenway.

Plan my day in Springfield using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Dallas to Springfield is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas in July, expect Springfield to be slightly colder, temps between 88°F and 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Springfield

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Saint Louis

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Fabulous Fox Theatre, Missouri Botanical Garden, National Blues Museum, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): steep yourself in history at The Old Post Office and Custom House, examine the collection at National Blues Museum, then see a show at The Fabulous Fox Theatre, and finally admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, walk around Laumeier Sculpture Park, then appreciate the history behind Gateway Arch National Park, and finally relax to the sounds of jazz at The Thaxton & Speakeasy.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Springfield to Saint Louis takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. In July in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Indianapolis

— 2 nights

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis Museum of Art and Garfield Park Conservatory & Sunken Garden. On the 28th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Garfield Park Conservatory & Sunken Garden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Holliday Park, then contemplate the long history of Indianapolis Museum of Art, and finally walk around Eagle Creek Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Crown Hill Cemetery and then see the interesting displays at Indiana Medical History Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Indianapolis trip builder website.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Indianapolis in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Saint Louis, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Indianapolis, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Grand Rapids

— 1 night

Furniture City

The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park as well as Calvin Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Grand Rapids takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Saint Ignace

— 4 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Your list of things to see and do now includes Mackinac Island State Park, Great Turtle Kayak Tours, Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, and other attractions. Take a break from the city and head to Burt Lake State Park and The Mackinaw Club. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wawatam Lighthouse and Heritage Village at Mackinaw. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Ignace: Arts & Adventure at BrassWind Landing (in Indian River) and Thorne Swift Nature Preserve (in Harbor Springs). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, stroll around Conkling Heritage Park, and examine the collection at Great Lake Light House Keepers.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Ignace trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Saint Ignace in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Grand Rapids in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Saint Ignace: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 58°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sault Ste. Marie

— 4 nights
Sault Ste. Your day by day itinerary now includes Soo Locks. Popular historic sites such as Tower of History and Water Street Historic Block are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Brimley State Park and Whitefish Bay National Forest Scenic Byway. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Museum Ship Valley Camp, snap pictures at Sault Ste Marie International Bridge, don't miss a visit to Saint Marys Falls Hydropower Plant, and go for a stroll along the water at George Kemp Marina.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sault Ste. Marie trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Saint Ignace to Sault Ste. Marie in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Sault Ste. Marie can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Newberry.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Newberry

— 2 nights
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Chapel Falls, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, then admire the sheer force of Spray Falls, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nature's Kennel Sled Dog Racing and Adventures.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Newberry trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Sault Ste. Marie to Newberry takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Marquette.

Things to do in Newberry

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Marquette

— 4 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Your list of things to see and do now includes Morgan Falls, Sugarloaf Mountain, Presque Isle Park, and other attractions. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sand Point Beach and Sand Point Lighthouse. You'll explore and learn at Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum and The DeVos Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marquette: Ludington Park (in Escanaba) and Munising (Scott Falls & Valley Spur). There's more to do: stroll through Upper Peninsula and examine the collection at Da Yoopers Innovation Museum.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Marquette tour itinerary builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Newberry to Marquette. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. You will leave for Allouez on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Allouez

— 7 nights
Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary has been added to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Grand Portage National Monument and Central Mine. Step out of the city life by going to Grand Portage State Park and Pigeon River. Get out of town with these interesting Allouez side-trips: Yellow Dog Falls (in Big Bay) and High Falls (in Grand Portage).

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Allouez tour itinerary builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Marquette to Allouez. Traveling from Marquette to Allouez, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Marquette in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Allouez: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 58°F at night. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel to Green Bay.

Things to do in Allouez

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Green Bay

— 1 night

Home of the Packers

Home of the Green Bay Packers, the city of Green Bay centers around sports and is home to hundreds of notable football icons, including Brett Favre and Curly Lambeau.
To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Green Bay trip maker site.

Getting from Allouez to Green Bay by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In August, daytime highs in Green Bay are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Green Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

Milwaukee

— 3 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
You've added University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Lynden Sculpture Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to First Unitarian Meeting House of Madison and MobCraft Beer. Escape the urban bustle at Pheasant Branch Creek Conservancy and Virmond Park. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Grohmann Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Milwaukee travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Green Bay to Milwaukee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Green Bay in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 64°F in Milwaukee. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Springfield.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Springfield

— 3 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
You've now added Washington Park to your itinerary. Visit Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Children's Museum of Illinois and Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum. Explore Springfield's surroundings by going to Funk Prairie Home Museum (in Shirley), Decatur (Hieronymus Mueller Museum & Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center) and Memories: Route 66 Museum (in Atlanta). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at The Lincoln Home Visitor Center, stroll around Union Square Park, and brush up on your military savvy at Air Combat Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Springfield online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Milwaukee to Springfield takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Little Rock.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Little Rock

— 1 night

The Rock

Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
On the 29th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Arkansas Governor's Mansion and then appreciate the history behind Testament: The Little Rock Nine Monument.

Discover how to plan a Little Rock trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Springfield to Little Rock takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Springfield in August; daily highs in Little Rock reach 90°F and lows reach 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Little Rock

Historic Sites

Hot Springs

— 4 nights

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Get outdoors at DeGray Lake Resort State Park and Hot Springs Mountain. Tiny Town and Medical Arts Building are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: get advice or help at Mountain Valley Spring Water Visitor Center & Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Lake Catherine State Park, gain insight at Garland County Library, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ouachita.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hot Springs road trip site.

Getting from Little Rock to Hot Springs by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Hot Springs are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. You'll set off for home on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Hot Springs

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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Waterfalls · State Parks · Geologic Formations
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.