The Best Time to Visit the Upper Peninsula

It’s no secret that the Upper Peninsula is beautiful. I’ve gone up north every summer for four years now! I don’t expect that to change anytime soon either, since there is so much to see and do here. After all my trips I can assure you that there is a small window of beautiful weather you won’t want to miss.

This is the best time to visit the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

It’s no secret that the winters up north are brutal. Multiple feet of snow will fall at once, and before it can disappear it’ll start snowing again. You have to be tough to face a winter in the Upper Peninsula.

Winters are also long up north. They start in early fall and stretch well into spring, meaning it’s pretty chilly most of the year! That’s why late summer is the best time to visit the U.P.

You can do the most activities here during the late summer months. Most towns up here live for the 4th of July and have jam-packed weekend activities that don’t happen the rest of the year. It’s such a fun holiday to celebrate at the lake, so you don’t want to miss that! It’s also time where you can boat, camp and hike with the best chance of warm, sunny days.

July and August specifically are the two months you need to visit because it’ll be 70 (sometimes 80!) degrees during the day and it’ll stay really comfortable weather for sleeping at night.

It’s great weather for riding bikes around Mackinac Island or hiking to Tahquamenon Falls. If you’re headed to Pictured Rocks, you definitely need to wait until the middle of July to visit. There are horrible biting flies that sprout up for about three weeks in June, and they’ll make your hike or day at the beach miserable.

It’s also the best time to head to Isle Royale National Park, one of the least-visited in the country because of its remoteness in Lake Superior. Take the ferry or a charter plane over to the island and explore the vast wilderness the park has to offer. You can’t get here in the winter! It closes every October and won’t open again until April, so make the most of it while you can.

While there are a few great weeks left, pack up your bags and hit the road. Pure Michigan is waiting!

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