8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula visit planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Marquette
— 1 day
Drive
2
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
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Marquette

— 1 day
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. On the 29th (Wed), explore the engaging exhibits at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, and then immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Marquette visit planner.

Pittsburgh to Marquette is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pittsburgh in September: high temperatures in Marquette hover around 68°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums
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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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the activities along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and then admire the sheer force of Miners Falls. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Alger Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Munising online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Marquette to Munising takes 1.5 hours. In September in Munising, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
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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 2nd (Sat): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and then admire the majestic nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paradise trip tool.

Getting from Munising to Paradise by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car. October in Paradise sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature · Museums · Parks
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Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and then stroll through The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours
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Saint Ignace

— 2 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 5th (Tue), take in the waterfront at Huron Boardwalk, walk around Bridge View Park, and then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Museum Ship Valley Camp, then don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, and then go for a walk through Whitefish Bay National Forest Scenic Byway.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Ignace trip website.

You can ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace in an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Saint Ignace can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

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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.