9 days in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula Itinerary

9 days in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Bessemer
— 2 nights
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Houghton
— 2 nights
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Copper Harbor
— 2 nights
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Iron River
— 2 nights
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Bessemer — 2 nights

Bessemer is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore Bessemer's surroundings by going to Ontonagon (Presque Isle River, Summit Peak, &more). There's more to do: pause for some photo ops at Downtown Miners Mural and hit the slopes at Copper Peak.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Bessemer trip itinerary maker app.

Cleveland to Bessemer is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cleveland to Bessemer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cleveland in December, things will get little chillier in Bessemer: highs are around 25°F and lows about 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Houghton.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Houghton — 2 nights

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. On the 29th (Wed), examine the collection at Mineral Museum of Michigan and then steep yourself in history at Quincy Mine. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company and then trek along North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail).

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Houghton trip planner.

You can drive from Bessemer to Houghton in 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Bessemer to Houghton is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 27°F in December, and nighttime lows around 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Copper Harbor.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
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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 31st (Fri): look for gifts at The Jampot and then visit a coastal fixture at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Brockway Mountain Drive and then immerse yourself in nature at Fort Wilkins State Park.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Copper Harbor driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Houghton to Copper Harbor in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°F in December, and nighttime lows around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Iron River.
Parks · Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Iron River — 2 nights

Iron River is a city in Iron County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Bond Falls and then stroll through Ski Brule. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Three Lakes Winery.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Iron River day trip site.

Traveling by car from Copper Harbor to Iron River takes 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Copper Harbor to Iron River is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Copper Harbor in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Iron River, with lows around 4°F. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Wineries · Outdoors
Side Trips