42 days in Upper Peninsula

42 days in Upper Peninsula

Diana Stein

Make it your trip
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Little Rock
— 1 night
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Drive
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Indianapolis
— 2 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 1 night
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Saint Ignace
— 3 nights
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Sault Ste. Marie
— 4 nights
Drive
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Newberry
— 3 nights
Drive to Chippewa County International Airport, Fly to Marquette
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Marquette
— 4 nights
Fly to Houghton County Memorial Airport, Drive to Eagle River
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Eagle River
Drive
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Allouez
— 6 nights
Drive
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Green Bay
— 1 night
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Racine
— 4 nights
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Springfield
— 3 nights
Fly
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Little Rock
— 2 nights
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Hot Springs
— 4 nights
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Little Rock

— 1 night

The Rock

Once inhabited by Native American tribes, today Little Rock bustles with nearly 800,000 people.
On the 24th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Plantation Agriculture Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park, and then see the interesting displays at Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Little Rock trip itinerary tool.

Dallas to Little Rock is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Little Rock, with lows around 72°F. On the 25th (Sun), you'll travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Little Rock

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 25:

Saint Louis

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Fabulous Fox Theatre, Missouri Botanical Garden, National Blues Museum, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): examine the collection at National Blues Museum, see a show at The Fabulous Fox Theatre, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Missouri Botanical Garden. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, then stroll around Laumeier Sculpture Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Gateway Arch National Park, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at The Thaxton & Speakeasy.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Little Rock to Saint Louis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Saint Louis, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

Indianapolis

— 2 nights

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis Museum of Art and Garfield Park Conservatory & Sunken Garden. On the 27th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Garfield Park Conservatory & Sunken Garden, then identify plant and animal life at Holliday Park, then contemplate the long history of Indianapolis Museum of Art, and finally walk around Eagle Creek Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Crown Hill Cemetery and then see the interesting displays at Indiana Medical History Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Indianapolis trip builder website.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Indianapolis in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Saint Louis, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Indianapolis, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:

Grand Rapids

— 1 night

Furniture City

The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park as well as Calvin Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Heritage Hill Historic District, and then identify plant and animal life at Calvin Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids route tool.

Drive from Indianapolis to Grand Rapids in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:

Saint Ignace

— 3 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Your list of things to see and do now includes Mackinac Island State Park, Great Turtle Kayak Tours, Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, and other attractions. Take a break from the city and head to Burt Lake State Park and The Mackinaw Club. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wawatam Lighthouse and Thorne Swift Nature Preserve. Step out of Saint Ignace with an excursion to Arts & Adventure at BrassWind Landing in Indian River--about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, get engrossed in the history at Heritage Village at Mackinaw, walk around Conkling Heritage Park, and examine the collection at Great Lake Light House Keepers.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Ignace online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Saint Ignace takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Grand Rapids in July, you will find days in Saint Ignace are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:

Sault Ste. Marie

— 4 nights
Sault Ste. Your day by day itinerary now includes Soo Locks. Escape the urban bustle at Brimley State Park and Whitefish Bay National Forest Scenic Byway. Explore hidden gems such as Museum Ship Valley Camp and George Kemp Marina. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Tower of History, take in the views from Sault Ste Marie International Bridge, make a trip to Saint Marys Falls Hydropower Plant, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Water Street Historic Block.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sault Ste. Marie trip builder website.

You can drive from Saint Ignace to Sault Ste. Marie in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Newberry.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Parks · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:

Newberry

— 3 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tannery Falls and Muskallonge Lake State Park. Get outdoors at Spray Falls and Chapel Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Newberry side-trips: Munising (Bridal Veil Falls & Seaberg Pontoon Rentals).

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Newberry tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sault Ste. Marie to Newberry in 1.5 hours. August in Newberry sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Marquette.

Things to do in Newberry

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

Marquette

— 4 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Your list of things to see and do now includes Morgan Falls, Sugarloaf Mountain, Presque Isle Park, and other attractions. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sand Point Beach and Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum. You'll explore and learn at Da Yoopers Innovation Museum and The DeVos Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marquette: Escanaba (Ludington Park & Sand Point Lighthouse) and Munising (Scott Falls & Valley Spur). There's more to do: admire all the interesting features of Upper Peninsula.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Marquette trip itinerary builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Newberry to Marquette. In August, daytime highs in Marquette are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Eagle River.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 14:

Eagle River

Eagle River is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the U.S. state of Michigan and is the county seat of Keweenaw County. To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Eagle River journey maker website.

Explore your travel options from Marquette to Eagle River with the Route module. In August in Eagle River, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel to Allouez.

Things to do in Eagle River

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 15:

Allouez

— 6 nights
Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary has been added to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Grand Portage National Monument and Central Mine. Step out of the city life by going to Grand Portage State Park and Pigeon River. Get out of town with these interesting Allouez side-trips: High Falls (in Grand Portage) and Yellow Dog Falls (in Big Bay).

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Allouez tour itinerary builder site.

Allouez is just a short distance from Eagle River. Traveling from Eagle River to Allouez, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Eagle River in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Allouez: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 58°F at night. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel to Green Bay.

Things to do in Allouez

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 20:

Green Bay

— 1 night

Home of the Packers

Home of the Green Bay Packers, the city of Green Bay centers around sports and is home to hundreds of notable football icons, including Brett Favre and Curly Lambeau.
Heritage Hill State Historical Park has been added to your itinerary.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Green Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Allouez to Green Bay in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Racine.

Things to do in Green Bay

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:

Racine

— 4 nights
Racine is a city in and the county seat of Racine County, Wisconsin, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Boerner Botanical Gardens, Matt's Produce and Independence Grove Forest Preserve. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wind Point Lighthouse and Kenosha History Center. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Civil War Museum and Southport Light Station Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Racine: Wehr Nature Center (in Franklin) and Whitnall Park (in Hales Corners). There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Grant Park, explore the galleries of Racine Art Museum, make a trip to Kenosha Sculpture Walk, and admire the striking features of SC Johnson Headquarters.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Racine trip planner.

Traveling by car from Green Bay to Racine takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Springfield.

Things to do in Racine

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 25:

Springfield

— 3 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
You've now added Washington Park to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at The Lincoln Home Visitor Center and Children's Museum of Illinois. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Korean War National Museum and Air Combat Museum. Explore Springfield's surroundings by going to Decatur (Hieronymus Mueller Museum & Rock Springs Conservation Area & Nature Center), Funks Grove Church & Chapel in the Trees (in McLean) and Memories: Route 66 Museum (in Atlanta). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, examine the collection at Funk Prairie Home Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Springfield planner.

You can drive from Racine to Springfield in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August in Springfield, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Little Rock.

Things to do in Springfield

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:

Little Rock

— 2 nights

The Rock

Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at The Galleries at Library Square, brush up on your military savvy at MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, explore the different monuments and memorials at National Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Arkansas Governor's Mansion, and finally appreciate the history behind Testament: The Little Rock Nine Monument.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Little Rock trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Springfield to Little Rock takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Springfield in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Little Rock: highs are around 90°F and lows about 72°F. On the 30th (Mon), you're off to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Little Rock

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:

Hot Springs

— 4 nights

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Get outdoors at DeGray Lake Resort State Park and Hot Springs Mountain. Tiny Town and Artists' Workshop Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: get advice or help at Mountain Valley Spring Water Visitor Center & Museum, admire the striking features of Medical Arts Building, deepen your understanding at Garland County Library, and don't miss a visit to Arkansas Walk of Fame.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hot Springs trip builder site.

You can drive from Little Rock to Hot Springs in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 3:

United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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Waterfalls · Geologic Formations · State Parks
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.