16 days in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula Itinerary

16 days in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Houghton County Memorial Airport, Drive to Copper Harbor
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Copper Harbor
— 3 nights
Drive
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Isle Royale National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hancock
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ironwood
— 4 nights
Drive

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Copper Harbor

— 3 nights
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore Copper Harbor's surroundings by going to The Jampot (in Eagle Harbor) and Jacob's Falls (in Eagle River). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Brockway Mountain Drive, admire the majestic nature at Fort Wilkins State Park, take a peaceful walk through Horseshoe Harbor, and admire the sheer force of Manganese Falls.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Copper Harbor driving holiday planning tool.

Des Moines to Copper Harbor is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Copper Harbor. In June, Copper Harbor is a bit cooler than Des Moines - with highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Isle Royale National Park.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Isle Royale National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Isle Royale National Park is known for historic sites, trails, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Rock Harbor, get to know the fascinating history of Scoville Point, hike along Greenstone Ridge Trail, and stroll through Mount Ojibway Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Isle Royale National Park trip tool.

Isle Royale National Park is very close to Copper Harbor. In June, daytime highs in Isle Royale National Park are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hancock.

Things to do in Isle Royale National Park

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Hancock

— 5 nights
Hancock is a city in Houghton County, Michigan, United States and is located on Copper Island, which is part of the Keweenaw Peninsula, on the Keweenaw Waterway directly opposite Houghton, Michigan. Get out of town with these interesting Hancock side-trips: L'Anse (Bishop Baraga Shrine & North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail)), Main Overlook (in Ontonagon) and Greenland (Adventure Mining Company & Algomah Acres Honey Farm & Honey House). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Quincy Mine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Nature Park, stop by Copper World, and see the interesting displays at Coppertown USA Mining Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hancock driving holiday planner.

Getting from Isle Royale National Park to Hancock by car takes about an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ironwood.

Things to do in Hancock

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Ironwood

— 4 nights
Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. state of Michigan, about 18mi south of Lake Superior. Change things up with these side-trips from Ironwood: Ontonagon (Bond Falls, Presque Isle River, &more) and Paulding Light (in Paulding). Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Ottawa National Forest. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Black River Harbor Recreation Area, stroll around Miners Memorial Heritage Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail, and fly down the slopes at Copper Peak.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ironwood trip planning site.

You can drive from Hancock to Ironwood in 2 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hancock to Ironwood due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ironwood

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips