5 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

5 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula route planner

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
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Paradise
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Des Moines

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Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 26th (Tue), learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, and then see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip planner.

Des Moines to Mackinac Island is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Mackinac Island is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Des Moines in July; daily highs in Mackinac Island reach 73°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 27:

Paradise

— 1 night
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paradise trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Paradise, with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 28:

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the activities along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Munising trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Paradise to Munising in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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Waterfalls · State Parks · Geologic Formations
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.