42 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

42 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Marquette
— 5 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 5 nights
Drive
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Paradise
— 4 nights
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Saint Ignace
— 5 nights
Drive
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Escanaba
— 4 nights
Drive
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Calumet
— 4 nights
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Ontonagon
— 4 nights
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Ironwood
— 5 nights
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Marquette

Marquette is a city in the U.S. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park, take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, have fun and explore at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, and admire the masterpieces at The DeVos Art Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Marquette travel planner.

Chicago to Marquette is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Marquette. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chicago in December: high temperatures in Marquette hover around 26°F and lows are around 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

5
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Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Sable Falls (in Grand Marais), Tahquamenon Logging Museum (in Newberry) and Nature's Kennel Sled Dog Racing and Adventures (in McMillan). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, explore the fascinating underground world of Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, and get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Munising day trip website.

Traveling by car from Marquette to Munising takes 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Marquette in December since evenings lows in Munising dip to 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

4
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Paradise

Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Paradise side-trips: Brimley (Kings Club Casino & Point Iroquois Lighthouse). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, identify plant and animal life at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, and get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paradise sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Munising to Paradise in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and car. In December, daily temperatures in Paradise can reach 27°F, while at night they dip to 15°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums · Parks · Nature · Casinos

Side Trip

5
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Mackinac Island

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, pause for some serene contemplation at Mission Church, enjoy the sea views from Round Island Lighthouse, and head outdoors with The Greens of Mackinac.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Paradise in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Mackinac Island, with lows of 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

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Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Ignace: Brimley (Whitefish Bay National Forest Scenic Byway, Bay Mills Resort & Casinos, &more) and Sault Ste. Marie (Sault Ste Marie International Bridge, Soo Locks, &more). There's much more to do: take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, walk around Bridge View Park, immerse yourself in nature at Straits State Park, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Saint Ignace tour planner.

Traveling by ferry from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace takes an hour. In December, daytime highs in Saint Ignace are 31°F, while nighttime lows are 21°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Escanaba.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

4
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Escanaba

Escanaba is a port city in Delta County in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Escanaba: Immaculate Conception Church Iron Mountain (in Iron Mountain), Garden (Fayette Historic State Park & Historical Village Fayette Park) and Norway Mountain (in Norway). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Bonifas Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Iron Mountain Iron Mine, visit a coastal fixture at Sand Point Lighthouse, and walk around Ludington Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Escanaba vacation planning app.

Drive from Saint Ignace to Escanaba in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°F in December, and nighttime lows around 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Calumet.

Things to do in Escanaba

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

4
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Calumet

Calumet is a village in Calumet Township, Houghton County, in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Calumet: Eagle River Falls (in Eagle River), Lower Silver Falls (in Baraga) and Hanka Homestead Museum (in Pelkie). There's lots more to do: glide through natural beauty at Swedetown Ski Trails, see the interesting displays at Copper Country Firefighters History Museum, get engrossed in the history at Quincy Smelter, and take in the dramatic scenery at Hungarian Falls.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Calumet journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Escanaba to Calumet takes 3.5 hours. December in Calumet sees daily highs of 27°F and lows of 16°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Calumet

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

4
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Ontonagon

Venture out of the city with trips to Paulding Light (in Paulding), Ski Brule (in Iron River) and Lake Gogebic State Park (in Marenisco).

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Ontonagon road trip planning site.

Drive from Calumet to Ontonagon in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in January, and nighttime lows around 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ironwood.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

5
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Ironwood

Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Ottawa National Forest. And it doesn't end there: glide through natural beauty at ABR Trails, fly down the slopes at Blackjack Ski Area, stroll through Big Snow Resort, and get engrossed in the history at Ironwood Historic Depot & Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ironwood trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Ironwood takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ontonagon to Ironwood is minus 1 hour. In January in Ironwood, expect temperatures between 21°F during the day and 7°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ironwood

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

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.