51 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

51 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Marquette
— 6 nights
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Copper Harbor
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Iron Mountain
— 3 nights
Drive
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Escanaba
— 4 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 8 nights
Drive
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Grand Marais
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sault Ste. Marie
— 5 nights
Drive
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Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 9 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit

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Marquette

— 6 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marquette: Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook (in Big Bay), Lower Silver Falls (in Baraga) and Van Riper State Park (in Champion). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, stroll through Lakenenland Sculpture Park, see the interesting displays at Michigan Iron Industry Museum, and take a stroll through Downtown Marquette.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Marquette trip planner.

Detroit to Marquette is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Detroit in October: high temperatures in Marquette hover around 53°F and lows are around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Copper Harbor

— 4 nights
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Change things up with these side-trips from Copper Harbor: The Jampot (in Eagle Harbor), McLain State Park (in Hancock) and Hungarian Falls (in Hubbell). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Brockway Mountain Drive, get engrossed in the history at Houghton County Historical Museum Complex, tour the pleasant surroundings at Copper Harbor Bike Trail System, and delve into the lush surroundings at Horseshoe Harbor.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Copper Harbor route builder site.

Drive from Marquette to Copper Harbor in 3 hours. Traveling from Marquette in October, Copper Harbor is a bit warmer at night with lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 5 nights
Explore Ontonagon's surroundings by going to Hancock (Quincy Smelter & Mont Ripley), Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton) and Ironwood (Copper Peak & Black River Harbor Recreation Area).

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ontonagon trip planner.

Getting from Copper Harbor to Ontonagon by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Iron Mountain.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Iron Mountain

— 3 nights
Iron Mountain is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Go for a jaunt from Iron Mountain to Caspian to see Iron County Historical Museum about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to U.P. Veterans Memorial, stroll through Piers Gorge Trail, identify plant and animal life at Fumee Lake Natural Area, and learn about all things military at WWII Glider & Military Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Iron Mountain tour site.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Iron Mountain in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ontonagon to Iron Mountain is minus 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Escanaba.

Things to do in Iron Mountain

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Escanaba

— 4 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. Get out of town with these interesting Escanaba side-trips: Menominee (Menominee Marina, Menominee County Historical Society Heritage Museum, &more) and Garden (Historical Village Fayette Park & Fayette Historic State Park). And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Pelegrini's Strawberry Farm, enjoy the sea views from Sand Point Lighthouse, view the masterpieces at Bonifas Art Gallery, and stroll around Ludington Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Escanaba trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Iron Mountain to Escanaba in 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Iron Mountain to Escanaba. In October, daily temperatures in Escanaba can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Escanaba

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Munising

— 8 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 (Palms Book State Park, Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chapel Rock and Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Laughing Whitefish Falls.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Munising trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Escanaba to Munising by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Munising are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 4 nights
Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Marais side-trips: Newberry (Newberry Country Club, Oswald's Bear Ranch, &more), Seney National Wildlife Refuge (in Seney) and Nature's Kennel Sled Dog Racing and Adventures (in McMillan). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Log Slide Overlook, stroll around Woodland Park, make a trip to Au Sable Light Station, and get outside with Sable Falls.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Grand Marais trip planner.

You can drive from Munising to Grand Marais in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Grand Marais are 40°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Sault Ste. Marie

— 5 nights
Sault Ste. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sault Ste. Marie: Point Iroquois Lighthouse (in Brimley) and Saint Ignace (Castle Rock, Bridge View Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Soo Locks, gain insight at Lake Superior State University, try your luck at Bay Mills Resort & Casinos, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Museum Ship Valley Camp.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sault Ste. Marie trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Sault Ste. Marie takes 2 hours. November in Sault Ste. Marie sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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 11th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and then see the sky in a new way at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Paradise fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Sault Ste. Marie to Paradise in 1.5 hours. November in Paradise sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums

Mackinac Island

— 9 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: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes.

For maps and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island trip planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 32°F. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

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.