42 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

42 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula visit planner

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Drive to Stuttgart Airport, Fly to Houghton County Memorial Airport, Drive to Copper Harbor
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Copper Harbor
— 3 nights
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Ontonagon
— 5 nights
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Ironwood
— 3 nights
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Escanaba
— 2 nights
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Marquette
— 6 nights
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Munising
— 6 nights
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Grand Marais
— 2 nights
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Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 7 nights
Ferry
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Saint Ignace
— 4 nights
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Drive to Chippewa County International Airport, Fly to Stuttgart Airport, Drive to Metzingen

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Copper Harbor

— 3 nights
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Step out of Copper Harbor to go to Eagle Harbor and see The Jampot, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: cruise along Brockway Mountain Drive, contemplate the waterfront views at Haven Waterfalls and Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary, and grab your bike and head to Copper Harbor Bike Trail System.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Copper Harbor online route builder.

Metzingen, Germany to Copper Harbor is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Metzingen to Copper Harbor. October in Copper Harbor sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 5 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ontonagon: North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail) (in L'Anse), Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton) and Hancock (Quincy Smelter, Mont Ripley, &more).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ontonagon trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Copper Harbor to Ontonagon in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in October, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ironwood.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Ironwood

— 3 nights
Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. state of Michigan, about 18mi south of Lake Superior. Ironwood is known for winter sports, parks, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Copper Peak, walk around Miners Memorial Heritage Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Zion Ski Hill & Overlook, and pause for some photo ops at Downtown Miners Mural.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Ironwood trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Ironwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Ironwood can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Escanaba.

Things to do in Ironwood

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Escanaba

— 2 nights
Escanaba is a port city in Delta County in the U.S. state of Michigan, located on the Escanaba River in the banana belt of the state's Upper Peninsula. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Historical Village Fayette Park, immerse yourself in nature at Fayette Historic State Park, and then steep yourself in history at Peninsula Point Lighthouse. On the next day, experience rural life at Pelegrini's Strawberry Farm, get engrossed in the history at Delta County Historical Museum, and then do a tasting at Leigh's Garden Winery.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Escanaba tour builder app.

Drive from Ironwood to Escanaba in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October in Escanaba, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Escanaba

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Marquette

— 6 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Explore Marquette's surroundings by going to Fumee Falls (in Quinnesec), Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook (in Big Bay) and Iron Mountain (U.P. Veterans Memorial & Immaculate Conception Church Iron Mountain). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hogback Mountain, trek along Iron Ore Heritage Trail, and examine the collection at Michigan Iron Industry Museum.

Start your trip to Marquette by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Escanaba to Marquette in 1.5 hours. In October in Marquette, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Munising

— 6 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Venture out of the city with trips to Manistique (Thompson State Fish Hatchery, Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, and explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Munising tour builder app.

Traveling by car from Marquette to Munising takes 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Munising when traveling from Marquette in November, with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Grand Marais

— 2 nights
Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 11th (Wed), get outside with Sable Falls, go for a walk through Log Slide Overlook, then see the interesting displays at Pickle Barrel House Museum, and finally stroll around Bayshore Park. On the next day, enjoy the sea views from Crisp Point Lighthouse and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seney National Wildlife Refuge.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, use the Grand Marais trip maker.

Traveling by car from Munising to Grand Marais takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Grand Marais can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Paradise

— 2 nights
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Iroquois Lighthouse.

To find out how to plan a trip to Paradise, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Paradise takes 2 hours. In November in Paradise, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 7 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, don't miss a visit to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In November in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Saint Ignace

— 4 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Get out of town with these interesting Saint Ignace side-trips: Sault Ste. Marie (Bird's Eye Outfitters, Soo Locks, &more) and Whitefish Bay National Forest Scenic Byway (in Brimley). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, walk around Bridge View Park, take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock, and take in nature's colorful creations at Museum of Ojibwa Culture.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Saint Ignace trip maker website.

Ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace in an hour. In November in Saint Ignace, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Shopping

Side Trips

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.