9 days in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula Itinerary

9 days in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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9 days in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Dubuque
Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Ironwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Houghton
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Copper Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
End: Dubuque

1
night
Ironwood

Ironwood ©
Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Black River Harbor Recreation Area.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ironwood visit app .

Dubuque to Ironwood is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Dubuque in August, things will get slightly colder in Ironwood: highs are around 73°F and lows about 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Ironwood

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Copper Peak ©
Copper Peak

2
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company and then explore the striking landscape of Bond Falls. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Main Overlook, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Clouds, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ontonagon tour builder site .

You can drive from Ironwood to Ontonagon in 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ironwood to Ontonagon. In August, daily temperatures in Ontonagon can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Houghton.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Adventure Mining Company
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Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds

3
nights
Houghton

Houghton ©
Houghton is a city in the U.S. Step out of Houghton to go to L'Anse and see North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail), which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Mineral Museum of Michigan, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Nature Park, perfect your strike at Mine Shaft & Rock House, and take a peaceful walk through McLain State Park.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Houghton day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Houghton takes an hour. August in Houghton sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Houghton

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Calumet, Hancock, North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail), Keweenaw Peninsula
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Mineral Museum of Michigan ©
Mineral Museum of Michigan
Quincy Mine ©
Quincy Mine
Nara Nature Park ©
Nara Nature Park

2
nights
Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. On the 22nd (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Eagle River Falls, stop by The Jampot, visit a coastal fixture at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, then take in the dramatic scenery at Manganese Falls, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: putt your heart out at Into the Woods Mini Golf and Gardens, cruise along Brockway Mountain Drive, and then explore and take pictures at Fort Wilkins State Park.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Copper Harbor attractions planner .

You can drive from Houghton to Copper Harbor in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Copper Harbor can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Eagle Harbor, Eagle River Falls
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Fort Wilkins State Park ©
Fort Wilkins State Park
The Jampot ©
The Jampot
Into the Woods Mini Golf and Gardens ©