32 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

32 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula trip planner

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Fly
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Sault Ste. Marie
— 5 nights
Drive
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Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 5 nights
Fly to Chippewa County International Airport, Drive to Grand Marais
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Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marquette
— 4 nights
Drive
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Copper Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive
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Houghton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ironwood
— 4 nights
Drive to Duluth International Airport, Fly to McAllen

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Sault Ste. Marie

— 5 nights
Sault Ste. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sault Ste. Marie: Point Iroquois Lighthouse (in Brimley) and Saint Ignace (Deer Ranch, Bridge View Park, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Soo Locks, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Museum Ship Valley Camp, walk around Rotary Island Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Name of Mary Church.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sault Ste. Marie visit planner.

McAllen to Sault Ste. Marie is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from McAllen in May; daily highs in Sault Ste. Marie reach 63°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Paradise.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trips

Paradise

— 2 nights
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 31st (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls and then admire the majestic nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look and learn at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paradise attractions planner.

You can drive from Sault Ste. Marie to Paradise in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Mackinac Island

— 5 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, stroll through The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, trot along with a tour on horseback, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Grand Marais

— 2 nights
Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): head outdoors with Sable Falls, then take in the pleasant sights at Log Slide Overlook, and then kick back and relax at 12-Mile Beach. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Oswald's Bear Ranch and then stroll through Seney National Wildlife Refuge.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Marais vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Mackinac Island to Grand Marais with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Munising

— 5 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Step out of Munising with an excursion to The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk in Manistique--about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls, kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our Munising road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Munising takes 1.5 hours. In June in Munising, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Marquette

— 4 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Change things up with these side-trips from Marquette: Iron Mountain (WWII Glider & Military Museum, Immaculate Conception Church Iron Mountain, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy, see the interesting displays at Michigan Iron Industry Museum, and wander the streets of Downtown Marquette.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Marquette road trip website.

Getting from Munising to Marquette by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): grab your bike and head to The trail to Copper Harbor, take a memorable drive along Brockway Mountain Drive, then look for gifts at The Jampot, and finally admire the sheer force of Eagle River Falls. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Fort Wilkins State Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Horseshoe Harbor, then take in the dramatic scenery at Manganese Falls, and finally stroll through Copper Harbor Bike Trail System.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Copper Harbor planning app.

Drive from Marquette to Copper Harbor in 3 hours. While traveling from Marquette, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Copper Harbor, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Houghton.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Hungarian Falls, admire the landmark architecture of Hanka Homestead Museum, and then go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company. On the next day, look for gifts at Copper World, see the interesting displays at Quincy Smelter, then examine the collection at Mineral Museum of Michigan, and finally stroll through Nara Nature Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Houghton road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Copper Harbor to Houghton takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Houghton are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ironwood.

Things to do in Houghton

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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. Explore Ironwood's surroundings by going to Ontonagon (Bond Falls, Porcupine Mountains State Park, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail, walk around Miners Memorial Heritage Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black River Harbor Recreation Area, and appreciate the history behind Downtown Miners Mural.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ironwood trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Houghton to Ironwood by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Houghton to Ironwood, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 51°F. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Ironwood

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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.