56 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

56 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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56 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Copper Harbor
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Ontonagon
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Iron Mountain
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Escanaba
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Marquette
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Munising
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Newberry
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Sault Ste. Marie
— 6 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
9
Mackinac Island
— 7 nights
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Detroit

6
nights
Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mineral Museum of Michigan and Houghton County Historical Museum Complex. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fort Wilkins State Park and Quincy Mine. Change things up with these side-trips from Copper Harbor: Hungarian Falls (in Hubbell), Hancock (McLain State Park & Quincy Smelter) and Calumet (Keweenaw National Historical Park, Copper World, & more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, admire the sheer force of Jacob's Falls, take a memorable drive along High Rock Bay, and identify plant and animal life at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Copper Harbor trip planning app .

Detroit to Copper Harbor is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Detroit in May: high temperatures in Copper Harbor hover around 56°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Calumet, Hancock, Eagle Harbor, Eagle River, Houghton County Historical Museum Complex
Highlights from your plan
Quincy Mine ©
Quincy Mine
Mineral Museum of Michigan ©
Mineral Museum of Michigan
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums ©

6
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Bond Falls and Black River Harbor Recreation Area. Get some historical perspective at Hanka Homestead Museum and Downtown Miners Mural. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Gogebic State Park (in Marenisco), North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail) (in L'Anse) and Ironwood (Ironwood Historic Depot & Museum, Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Clouds, contemplate the long history of Old Victoria Restoration, and take in the awesome beauty at Summit Peak.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ontonagon trip builder website .

Drive from Copper Harbor to Ontonagon in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Iron Mountain.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ironwood, Lake Gogebic State Park, North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail), Black River Harbor Recreation Area, Old Victoria Restoration
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds
Summit Peak ©
Summit Peak

6
nights
Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain ©
Iron Mountain is a city in the U.S. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iron County Historical Museum and Immaculate Conception Church Iron Mountain. Get outdoors at DeYoung Family Zoo and Fumee Lake Natural Area. Explore Iron Mountain's surroundings by going to Al Quaal Recreation Area (in Ishpeming), Bewabic State Park (in Crystal Falls) and Michigamme Historical Museum (in Michigamme). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Piers Gorge Trail, look for gifts at Rainbow Gifts and Yarn, contemplate the long history of Chapin Mine Pit, and don't miss a visit to U.P. Veterans Memorial.

For reviews and more tourist information, go to the Iron Mountain trip planning website .

Drive from Ontonagon to Iron Mountain in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Ontonagon in June, expect nights in Iron Mountain to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Escanaba.

Things to do in Iron Mountain

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Norway, Michigamme Historical Museum, Bewabic State Park, Fumee Falls, DeYoung Family Zoo
Highlights from your plan
WWII Glider & Military Museum ©
WWII Glider & Military Museum
Bewabic State Park ©
Bewabic State Park
Iron County Historical Museum ©
Iron County Historical Museum

5
nights
Escanaba

Escanaba ©
Escanaba is a port city in Delta County in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Fayette Historic State Park and J.W. Wells State Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sand Point Lighthouse and Bonifas Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Escanaba side-trips: Historical Village Fayette Park (in Garden), Menominee (Great Lakes Memorial Marina Park & Menominee County Historical Society Heritage Museum) and Sweetgrass Golf Course (in Harris). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Peninsula Point Lighthouse, get engrossed in the history at Delta County Historical Museum, learn about winemaking at Leigh's Garden Winery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ludington Park.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Escanaba tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Iron Mountain to Escanaba in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Iron Mountain to Escanaba due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Iron Mountain in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Escanaba: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Escanaba

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Menominee, Garden, Sweetgrass Golf Course, Days River Natural Trail, J.W. Wells State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Sand Point Lighthouse ©
Sand Point Lighthouse
Peninsula Point Lighthouse ©
Peninsula Point Lighthouse

6
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. You'll explore and learn at Michigan Iron Industry Museum and Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum. Visiting Presque Isle Park and Iron Ore Heritage Trail will get you outdoors. When in Marquette, make a side trip to see Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park in Deerton, approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Downtown Marquette, admire the sheer force of Yellow Dog Falls, explore the engaging exhibits at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, and view the masterpieces at Lakenenland Sculpture Park.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Marquette day trip planning app .

Getting from Escanaba to Marquette by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June in Marquette, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ishpeming, Yellow Dog Falls, Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, Michigan Iron Industry Museum
Highlights from your plan
Marquette Maritime Museum ©
Marquette Maritime Museum
Michigan Iron Industry Museum ©
Michigan Iron Industry Museum
Marquette Regional History Center ©
Marquette Regional History Center

7
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Palms Book State Park and The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk. Get a sense of the local culture at Alger County Heritage Center and Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center. Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Au Train Falls, and explore the fascinating underground world of Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Munising trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Marquette to Munising by car takes about an hour. In June, daytime highs in Munising are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Newberry.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Manistique, Kewadin Casinos - Christmas, Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, Autrain Falls
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Palms Book State Park ©
Palms Book State Park
Chapel Rock and Beach ©
Chapel Rock and Beach

6
nights
Newberry

Newberry ©
Newberry is a village in the U.S. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Crisp Point Lighthouse and Seul Choix Point Lighthouse. Museum-lovers will appreciate Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum and Tahquamenon Logging Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newberry: Grand Marais (Log Slide Overlook, Sable Falls, & more), Seney National Wildlife Refuge (in Seney) and Tahquamenon Falls State Park (in Paradise). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, play a few rounds at Newberry Country Club, look for all kinds of wild species at Oswald's Bear Ranch, and see the interesting displays at Top of the Lake Antique Snowmobile Museum.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Newberry trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Munising to Newberry takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Newberry

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Grand Marais, Paradise, Top of the Lake Antique Snowmobile Museum, Seul Choix Point Lighthouse, Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Seney National Wildlife Refuge ©
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Seul Choix Point Lighthouse ©
Seul Choix Point Lighthouse
Crisp Point Lighthouse ©
Crisp Point Lighthouse

6
nights
Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie ©
Sault Ste. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museum of Ojibwa Culture and Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. Escape the urban bustle at Straits State Park and Whitefish Bay National Forest Scenic Byway. Get out of town with these interesting Sault Ste. Marie side-trips: Saint Ignace (Mackinac Bridge, Wawatam Lighthouse, & more) and Paradise (Whitefish Point Light & Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum). There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from USDA Iroquois Lighthouse, take in the waterfront activity at George Kemp Marina, play a few rounds at Wild Bluff Golf Course, and don't miss a visit to Soo Locks.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sault Ste. Marie road trip website .

Getting from Newberry to Sault Ste. Marie by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Sault Ste. Marie can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Paradise, Brimley
Highlights from your plan
USDA Iroquois Lighthouse ©
USDA Iroquois Lighthouse
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory ©
Museum of Ojibwa Culture ©
Museum of Ojibwa Culture

7
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. You'll explore and learn at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum and Liberty Lego Display. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St Anne's Catholic Church and Biddle House. There's much more to do: make a trip to Fort Holmes, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, enjoy the sea views from Round Island Lighthouse, and play a few rounds at Jewel Golf Course.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary website .

Getting from Sault Ste. Marie to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. July in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F at night. On the 19th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

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

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