8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula visit planner
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Paradise
— 1 night
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Munising
— 2 nights
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Marquette
— 2 nights
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Ontonagon
— 1 day
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Copper Harbor
— 2 nights
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Paradise — 1 night

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 17th (Mon): explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paradise trip planner.

Kalamazoo to Paradise is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kalamazoo in October, with highs in Paradise at 53°F and lows at 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Munising.
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Munising — 2 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Munising Falls.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Munising trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Paradise to Munising in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Marquette.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Marquette — 2 nights

Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stop by Beth Millner Jewelry, stroll around Presque Isle Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Marquette. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Hogback Mountain, then contemplate the waterfront views at Dead River Falls, then explore the galleries of Lakenenland Sculpture Park, and finally experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Marquette trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Munising to Marquette by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Munising in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Marquette, with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Ontonagon.
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Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Ontonagon — 1 day

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the sheer force of Bond Falls, delve into the lush surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Overlook.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ontonagon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Marquette to Ontonagon takes 2.5 hours. October in Ontonagon sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Copper Harbor.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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 23rd (Sun): grab your bike and head to Copper Harbor Bike Trail System, then immerse yourself in nature at Fort Wilkins State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Manganese Falls, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Brockway Mountain Drive, then visit a coastal fixture at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jacob's Falls.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Copper Harbor trip planning tool.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Copper Harbor in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Copper Harbor can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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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.
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