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 route planner

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Isle Royale National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Copper Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ironwood
— 2 nights
Drive to Duluth International Airport, Fly to Detroit

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Isle Royale National Park

— 1 night
Isolated by its location in the northern reaches of Lake Superior, Isle Royale National Park treats its visitors to a wilderness of second-growth forests, clear lakes, and rugged coastline inhabited by moose, wolves, otters, and foxes.
On the 4th (Sat), trek along Mount Ojibway Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Rock Island Lighthouse, explore and take pictures at Rock Harbor, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Scoville Point.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Isle Royale National Park trip maker tool.

Detroit to Isle Royale National Park is an approximately 10-hour travel. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Detroit in September: high temperatures in Isle Royale National Park hover around 64°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Isle Royale National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Copper Harbor

— 2 nights
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Eagle River Falls, then admire the sheer force of Jacob's Falls, then visit a coastal fixture at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, and finally take a memorable drive along Brockway Mountain Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Horseshoe Harbor, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The trail to Copper Harbor, and then stroll through Copper Harbor Bike Trail System.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Copper Harbor road trip app.

Copper Harbor is very close to Isle Royale National Park. Traveling from Isle Royale National Park in September, Copper Harbor is a bit warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Ontonagon Lighthouse, take in the awesome beauty at Summit Peak, and then admire the majestic nature at Porcupine Mountains State Park. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Overlook, get engrossed in the history at Ontonagon County Historical Museum, and then stroll around Ontonagon Township Park.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ontonagon day trip site.

You can drive from Copper Harbor to Ontonagon in 2 hours. In September in Ontonagon, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ironwood.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Ironwood

— 2 nights
Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. state of Michigan, about 18mi south of Lake Superior. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Big Powderhorn Mountain, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Black River Harbor Recreation Area, then hit the slopes at Copper Peak, and finally glide through natural beauty at ABR Trails.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Ironwood trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Ironwood takes 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 50°F. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ironwood

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trip