10 days in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Itinerary

10 days in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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10 days in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Cedar Rapids
Drive:  8​h
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Sault Ste. Marie
— 4 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
drive:  9​h 30​min
End: Cedar Rapids


Newberry ©
Newberry is a village in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): have fun and explore at Tahquamenon Logging Museum, admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Oswald's Bear Ranch and then get to know the resident critters at GarLyn Zoological Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Newberry trip itinerary planner.

Cedar Rapids to Newberry is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cedar Rapids in July, with highs in Newberry at 74°F and lows at 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Newberry

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Paradise, GarLyn Zoological Park
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Oswald's Bear Ranch ©
Oswald's Bear Ranch
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
GarLyn Zoological Park ©
GarLyn Zoological Park

Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie ©
Sault Ste. Kids will appreciate attractions like Museum Ship Valley Camp and Mystery Spot. Get out of town with these interesting Sault Ste. Marie side-trips: Paradise (Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum & Whitefish Point Light) and Saint Ignace (Mackinac Bridge, Straits State Park, & more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, enjoy the sea views from USDA Iroquois Lighthouse, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name of Mary Church, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tower of History.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Sault Ste. Marie visit planner.

Traveling by car from Newberry to Sault Ste. Marie takes 1.5 hours. July in Sault Ste. Marie sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Paradise, Brimley State Park
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Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks
Castle Rock ©
Castle Rock
Museum Ship Valley Camp ©
Museum Ship Valley Camp

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, wildlife, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Fort Mackinac, play a few rounds at Jewel Golf Course, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, and look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Sault Ste. Marie to Mackinac Island takes 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock