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Join us as we journey to a land less traveled. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is affectionately known as the UP. With captivating names like Lake of the Clouds, Silver City, Copper Harbor, Porcupine Mountains, Agawa Canyon, Eagle Harbor, Bond Falls, Keweenaw Peninsula, Tahquamenon Falls, Sault Ste. Marie, and Mackinac Island…it has to be good! 

The Upper Peninsula is a quiet, undisturbed land of numerous waterfalls, clear bubbling streams, whispering mountains, picturesque bays, historic lighthouses, abundant wildlife, and ocean-like vistas of awesome Lake Superior. 

If you’ve always wanted to explore the highlights of northern Michigan & the Upper Peninsula, this is your trip! 

Day 1 – Home to Ashland, WI 

Welcome aboard! Our first stop is an R&J lunchtime favorite. With our tummies satisfied, we continue north through scenic northwoods Wisconsin to the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center. Touting “Your Best Adventure Begins Here,” this world class center features wildlife, waterfowl, and bird viewing. Plus it has interpretive exhibits, a 5-story observation tower and an easy boardwalk trail through Cedar and Tamarack Wetlands. An early arrival at Hotel Chequamegon affords us plenty of time to enjoy this beautiful setting right on the shores of Lake Superior. An included dinner is served in the hotel’s waterfront dining room! A perfect evening to relax and enjoy the sunset over Chequamegon Bay. 

Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner 

Hotel: Hotel Chequamegon 


Day 2 – Ashland to Houghton, MI 

A timely start is necessary this morning as we lose an hour on the clock when we enter Michigan. Traveling through Ironwood, the Ottawa National Forest and Watersmeet, we arrive at Bond Falls. There are more than 300 waterfalls in the UP, but Bond Falls is often described as the most picturesque of all. It is particularly attractive because you can easily view it from below, above and all sides. You will have ample time to photograph and explore this magic place. We then make our way along the backroads to Silver City where an included lunch is served once again on the delightful shores of Lake Superior. Lake of the Clouds is a perfect name for our next destination. Tucked away in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Park, you are able to look down on this alluring wilderness scene. What a view! Our drive now takes us right along the sometimes thundering shores of Lake Superior to Ontonagon and then more wilderness travel into the Keweenaw Peninsula to Houghton. Dinner is on your own with the evening at your leisure. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express (2 Nights) 


Day 3 – Houghton 

Following breakfast at the hotel, our adventure starts immediately with our step-on guide and a panoramic view of the city of Houghton. This is “lake effect” snow country with over 300 inches of snow a season! While we (hopefully) won’t see any today, we will definitely see evidence of it at Snow Gauge Park. You will be absolutely blown away at this snow depth marker alongside the road! Eagle Harbor, tucked into the rugged shoreline of Lake Superior, is proudly protected by Eagle Harbor Lighthouse. If you love classic lighthouse picture opportunities, have your camera ready! Copper Harbor is as far north as you can go in Michigan. We are definitely no longer in your neighborhood backyard and we are certainly rewarded for taking the time to get here. It is lunch time and with few places able to host a coach group, we found a wonderful place! The Mariner North is northwoodsy, cozy, friendly and has amazing food! You’ll love it. After lunch, we will take the scenic route to the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne’s where we will view beautiful, detailed artwork and learn about the building’s history from a local. Then our guide will have us stop at the Quincy Mine for an interesting tour as we take a closer look at copper mining history. After a full day, we will return to the hotel for dinner on your own. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 


Day 4 – Houghton to Sault St. Marie, MI 

After breakfast, we’ll discover the Upper Peninsula as we skirt along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan & Lake Superior. A step-on guide will be with us to visit the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi River, Tahquamenon Falls, with its copper tint produced by natural minerals in the Tahquamenon River. Lunch will be served at the Tahquamenon pub located within the park. We’ll arrive at the Hampton Inn before departing on our next adventure, a wonderful sunset dinner cruise through the Soo Locks. The Soo Locks have been referred to as one of the great wonders of the world, and they are still the largest waterway traffic system on earth. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Hotel: Hampton Inn 


Day 5 – Sault Ste. Marie (Agawa Canyon Drive) 

We’ll make sure we have our passports ready as today we’ll travel north on Trans-Canada Highway 17 on a fabulous journey filled with unmatched beauty. Just sit back and relax as we motor along the emerald green waters of Lake Superior, complete with views of lush green forests and fish-filled streams, while our step-on guide narrates for us. Behold the splendid fall foliage as we drive through the rugged wilderness of the Agawa Canyon area. We’ll stop for lunch in Wawa before we reverse our route and return to Sault St. Marie. We’ll enjoy an included dinner before we turn in for the night back at our hotel. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 6 – Sault Ste. Marie to Mackinaw City 

Cross the Mighty Mac five-mile bridge that links the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, then ferry over to historic Mackinac Island. Our taxi carriage will be waiting to carry us to the Grand Hotel for a spectacular lunch buffet. Following lunch, you will enjoy the horse and carriage ride to see all the sights this charming island has to offer. Mackinac Island has seemingly remained untouched-as it was when the first European settlers came here about three centuries ago. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the island: transportation is limited to horse, carriage, bike, or by foot! The remainder of the day will be at your leisure to enjoy the surrounding activities, shops, and scenery. Some may want to rent a bicycle or enjoy some of the world’s best FUDGE! After a great day on the island, we catch our ferry back to Mackinaw City. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Hotel: Best Western Dockside 


Day 7 – Mackinaw City to Ludington 

Breakfast will be served at the hotel before we motor along the beautiful shores of the west coast of Michigan, and on through the resort communities of Charlevoix. We’ll stop in Traverse City for lunch before we visit the Music House Museum, home to an internationally recognized collection of automated musical instruments displayed in century-old farm buildings. We’ll marvel at the treasures found here! Next we continue on to Ludington, a charming port town, where we’ll check into our hotel. We invite you, our special guests, to dinner at a delightful restaurant. 

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express 


Day 8 – Ludington to Home 

Board the S.S. Badger in Ludington for an exciting 4 hour cruise across beautiful Lake Michigan. Options on board are many including: a movie lounge, historical displays, gift shop, and a light lunch/ snack area. We’ll then cross Wisconsin and arrive home with wonderful memories of the Highlights of Michigan’s UP with Canada’s Agawa Canyon! 

Included Meals: Breakfast 

Motorcoach Per Person Pricing Information

Double: $1,999
Single: $2,499
Triple: $1,849
Quad: $1,779

Motorcoach Travel Protection Per Person

Double: $116
Single: $149

Travel Bucks

$30 Travel Bucks per person earned with this tour

Deposit Due

$100 deposit per person due at time of reservation. Full payment due 30 days prior to depart.

Passport Needed


Tour Pace

Moderate Walking

Price Includes

18 Included Meals, Hotels & Activities as stated in brochure, Luxury Motorcoach

The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 66°
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Tour Highlights

Bond Falls State Park
Lake of the Clouds
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Park
Snow Gauge Park
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse
Copper Harbor
Quincy Mine Tour
Soo Locks Dinner Cruise
Agawa Canyon’s Scenic Hwy 17 Drive
Sheplers Ferry
Mackinac Island Carriage Tour
Lunch at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
Blue Tractor Restaurant
Music House Museum
SS Badger Ferry across Lake Michigan

Travel with R & J Tours to a warm destination where it is...
Minneapolis, Mn
Highlights of Michigan’s UP with Canada’s Agawa Canyon
The average temperature while R&J is visiting is 66°
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