8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula trip itinerary builder

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Marquette
— 1 night
Drive
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Houghton
— 1 night
Drive
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Bessemer
— 1 night
Drive
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McMillan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brimley
— 1 night
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Chicago Midway

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Marquette

— 1 night
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. On the 25th (Thu), visit Downtown Marquette, Head underground at Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, see the interesting displays at Marquette Maritime Museum, then examine the collection at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blackrocks Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Marquette Mountain Ski and Bike Area and then experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Marquette holiday planning site.

Chicago to Marquette is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chicago in March, with highs in Marquette at 32°F and lows at 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Houghton.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

Houghton

— 1 night
Houghton is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and largest city in the Copper Country on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Mineral Museum of Michigan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mont Ripley, make a trip to Italian Hall Site, look for gifts at Copper World, then contemplate the waterfront views at McLain State Park, and finally ski along the peaceful trails at Swedetown Ski Trails.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Houghton trip builder tool.

Getting from Marquette to Houghton by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°F in March, and nighttime lows around 16°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bessemer.

Things to do in Houghton

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Bessemer

— 1 night
Bessemer is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): glide through natural beauty at ABR Trails, look for all kinds of wild species at Black River Harbor Recreation Area, stroll through Copper Peak, then fly down the slopes at Big Powderhorn Mountain, and finally get engrossed in the history at Historic Ironwood Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bessemer trip planner.

You can drive from Houghton to Bessemer in 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houghton to Bessemer. In March in Bessemer, expect temperatures between 35°F during the day and 16°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to McMillan.

Things to do in Bessemer

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

McMillan

— 2 nights
Columbus Township is a civil township of Luce County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on Nature's Kennel Sled Dog Racing and Adventures, head outdoors with Sable Falls, then take in the pleasant sights at Log Slide Overlook, and finally examine the collection at Pickle Barrel House Museum. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Seul Choix Point Lighthouse, then enjoy the sea views from Crisp Point Lighthouse, and then explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the McMillan trip builder app.

You can drive from Bessemer to McMillan in 4 hours. Traveling from Bessemer to McMillan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. March in McMillan sees daily highs of 31°F and lows of 15°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brimley.

Things to do in McMillan

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Brimley

— 1 night
Superior Township is a civil township of Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 31st (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Brimley State Park, try to win big at Kings Club Casino, enjoy the sea views from Point Iroquois Lighthouse, then try to win big at Bay Mills Resort & Casinos, and finally tee off at Wild Bluff Golf Course.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Brimley travel route planning site.

Getting from McMillan to Brimley by car takes about an hour. March in Brimley sees daily highs of 33°F and lows of 16°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Brimley

Casinos · Fun & Games · Golf · Outdoors

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mission Church, visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, make a trip to Liberty Lego Display, get outside with The Greens of Mackinac, then explore the fascinating underground world of Eagle Point Cave, and finally look for gifts at Murdick's Fudge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Brimley to Mackinac Island. In March, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 32°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Nature

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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Waterfalls · Geologic Formations · State Parks
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.