Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Exploring Michigan’s Historic Upper Peninsula: 6-Day Itinerary

Without a doubt, one of the most popular highlights of the Upper Peninsula is history, both military and maritime, especially as it relates to the tragic story of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Devoting your time to exploring that history with this six-day itinerary can be a great deal of fun and intellectually stimulating at the same time. Don’t forget your camera!

The Iron County Courthouse in Crystal Falls, Michigan.

Michigan’s Iron County Heritage Trail

There are 12 stops along Michigan’s Iron County Heritage Trail, a path of historic places scattered throughout the county. The Iron County Historical Museum is a highlight, as a rambling, funky, and homegrown museum with an eclectic blend of local history and culture . Other sites include a courthouse, church, historic sites, and more museums.

Each of the 385 rooms in the Grand Hotel is decorated differently. Photo © Lembi Buchanan/123rf.

Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel

The iconic Grand Hotel, a gracious edifice built on a scale appropriate to its name, has become practically synonymous with Mackinac Island. One of the last vestiges of the bygone Gilded Age’s opulence, it’s one of the largest summer resorts in the world, operating from early April through late October.

Waterfall in Porcupine Mountains State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Where to Go in Upper Peninsula Michigan

With no shortage of beautiful, engaging places to visit, it’s hard to know where to go in Upper Peninsula Michigan. Here you’ll find summaries of all the major areas, highlighting local draws such as natural wonders, cultural experiences, long-time visitor favourites, and more.

Lake of Clouds scenic overlook in Michigan's Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

Road Trip the Best of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Road trip the best of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The route outlined here will offer the most efficient way of limiting your driving time to segments of just a few hours while allowing you to take in as many attractions as possible.

Lakenenland Scultpure Park features entertaining "junkyard art" creations by sculptor Tom Lakenen.

Unique Michigan Destinations on the Upper Peninsula

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula boasts a subculture which celebrates the peculiar, the unexpected, and the just plain weird. The area is also home to a few natural oddities. Together, a visit to these weird and wonderful places can add spice to your Upper Peninsula sojourn.

Turquoise water at the shore at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Visiting Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan

Hugging the Lake Superior coastline for 42 miles, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is an archetypical example of our fascination with beautiful displays of nature. Join the generations of writers, artists, and photographers inspired by the colorful hues of its escarpments.

Tahquamenon river in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

8-Day Travel Itinerary: Camping in Michigan’s U.P.

If you have a more rustic spirit, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a truly quintessential camping destination. For the truly ambitious, going on a camping tour of the peninsula’s most inviting camping destinations is a creative and worthwhile alternative to the traditional one-site basecamp.

Canoers paddling through small rocky islands at Isle Royale National Parks.

Discover Isle Royale National Park

Stranded in the vast waters of Lake Superior, Isle Royale is perhaps the model of an ideal national park: wild, rugged, and remote. Aside from two small pockets of civilization on the southwest and east ends, the island is 210 pristine square miles of forested foot trails, rocky bluffs, quiet lakes, and wilderness campsites.