8 days in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula travel route planner

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Houghton
— 1 night
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Ironwood
— 3 nights
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Copper Harbor
— 3 nights

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Houghton

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Houghton is a city in the U.S. On the 16th (Fri), examine the collection at Mineral Museum of Michigan, contemplate the long history of Quincy Mine, and then explore the activities along McLain State Park. On the next day, go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company, then stroll through North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail), and then admire the sheer force of Lower Silver Falls.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Houghton trip planning site.

Kalamazoo to Houghton is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Kalamazoo in October, things will get little chillier in Houghton: highs are around 54°F and lows about 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ironwood.

Things to do in Houghton

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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Historic Site
Quincy Mine
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Ironwood

Ironwood ©
Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Paulding Light (in Paulding) and Ontonagon (Bond Falls, Presque Isle River, &more). The adventure continues: stroll through Copper Peak, explore the landscape on two wheels at Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail, get engrossed in the history at Ironwood Historic Depot & Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Downtown Miners Mural.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ironwood holiday planning tool.

Getting from Houghton to Ironwood by car takes about 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in October, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Ironwood

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Bond Falls
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Ski Area
Copper Peak
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Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Jacob's Falls (in Eagle River) and The Jampot (in Eagle Harbor). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Brockway Mountain Drive, take in the dramatic scenery at Eagle River Falls, walk around Hunter's Point Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Horseshoe Harbor.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Copper Harbor day trip planning website.

You can drive from Ironwood to Copper Harbor in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ironwood to Copper Harbor is 1 hour. October in Copper Harbor sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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