36 days in Upper Peninsula & Branson Itinerary

36 days in Upper Peninsula & Branson Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Duluth International Airport, Drive to Ironwood
1
Ironwood
— 1 night
Drive
2
Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
4
Mackinac Island
— 4 nights
Ferry
5
Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Grand Marais
— 1 night
Drive
7
Munising
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Marquette
— 4 nights
Fly
9
Branson
— 15 nights
Drive to Springfield Branson National Airport, Fly to McAllen

S M T W T F S
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3

Ironwood

— 1 night
Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. state of Michigan, about 18mi south of Lake Superior. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stroll through Black River Harbor Recreation Area, stroll around Miners Memorial Heritage Park, then grab your bike and head to Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail, and finally pause for some photo ops at Downtown Miners Mural.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Ironwood itinerary builder tool.

McAllen to Ironwood is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from McAllen in May: high temperatures in Ironwood hover around 62°F and lows are around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Ironwood

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip

Ontonagon

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Ontonagon County Historical Museum, then explore the activities along Presque Isle River, and then stroll through Little Carp River Trail. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Porcupine Mountains State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls, and then go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company.

To see photos and tourist information, refer to the Ontonagon travel planning site.

You can drive from Ironwood to Ontonagon in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, then immerse yourself in nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Iroquois Lighthouse. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, and then browse the exhibits of Whitefish Point Bird Observatory.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paradise online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Ontonagon to Paradise in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. May in Paradise sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 4 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: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, tee off at Jewel Golf Course, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, and admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip planner.

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 May in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Saint Ignace

— 2 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 3rd (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then wander the wide-open spaces of Deer Ranch, then walk around Bridge View Park, and finally take in the views from Mackinac Bridge. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name of Mary Church, then make a trip to Soo Locks, and then gear up at Bird's Eye Outfitters.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Ignace trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace takes an hour. In June in Saint Ignace, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Grand Marais

— 1 night
Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 5th (Sat), kick back and relax at 12-Mile Beach, go for a walk through Log Slide Overlook, then examine the collection at Pickle Barrel House Museum, and finally get outside with Sable Falls.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Grand Marais trip builder site.

You can drive from Saint Ignace to Grand Marais in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Grand Marais are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Munising

— 4 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Munising is known for nature, adventure, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Chapel Rock and Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Munising online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Munising takes 1.5 hours. June in Munising sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Marquette

— 4 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Venture out of the city with trips to Quincy Smelter (in Hancock) and Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, tour the pleasant surroundings at Presque Isle Park, view the masterpieces at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, and take a stroll through Downtown Marquette.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Marquette travel planning tool.

Drive from Munising to Marquette in 1.5 hours. In June in Marquette, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Branson.

Things to do in Marquette

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Branson

— 15 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Venture out of the city with trips to Blanchard Springs Caverns (in Fifty Six), Bentonville (Museum of Native American History, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, &more) and Fantastic Caverns (in Springfield). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Table Rock Lake, make a splash at Silver Dollar City, get great views at College of the Ozarks, and buy something for everyone on your list at Branson Landing.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Branson online travel planner.

You can fly from Marquette to Branson in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Marquette in June, with highs in Branson at 84°F and lows at 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Upper Peninsula travel guide

4.7
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.