8 days in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula trip builder

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Fly to Duluth International Airport, Drive to Ironwood
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Ironwood
— 1 night
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Copper Harbor
— 4 nights
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Ironwood

— 1 night
Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. state of Michigan, about 18mi south of Lake Superior. On the 4th (Sat), stroll through Black River Harbor Recreation Area. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail, then fly down the slopes at Copper Peak, and then walk around Little Girls Point.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ironwood attractions planning site.

Detroit to Ironwood is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Detroit to Ironwood, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Detroit in September, with highs in Ironwood at 69°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Ironwood

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Ontonagon

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Ontonagon County Historical Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Overlook, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company.

Before you visit Ontonagon, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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 September in Ontonagon, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Copper Harbor

— 4 nights
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Copper Harbor: Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton) and Quincy Mine (in Hancock). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Brockway Mountain Drive, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Wilkins State Park, stroll around Hunter's Point Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Copper Harbor Bike Trail System.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Copper Harbor trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Copper Harbor takes 2 hours. In September in Copper Harbor, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails

Side Trips