11 days in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Itinerary

11 days in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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11 days in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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

3
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Arch Rock and Mackinac Island State Park. St Anne's Catholic Church and Fort Holmes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, stop by Island House Bike Shop, don't miss a visit to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!, and enjoy the sea views from Round Island Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island online attractions planner .

Cedar Rapids to Mackinac Island is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Cedar Rapids in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes

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Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie ©
Sault Ste. Get outdoors at Straits State Park and Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at USDA Iroquois Lighthouse and Museum of Ojibwa Culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum (in Paradise) and Saint Ignace (Mackinac Bridge, Indian Village, & more). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Museum Ship Valley Camp, don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, take in the views from Sault Ste Marie International Bridge, and take in panoramic vistas at Tower of History.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sault Ste. Marie planning app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Sault Ste. Marie takes 4.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Sault Ste. Marie are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Newberry.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Paradise
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Museum Ship Valley Camp ©
Museum Ship Valley Camp
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory ©
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

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Newberry

Newberry ©
Newberry is a village in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chapel Rock and Beach and Spray Falls. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center and Tahquamenon Logging Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Tahquamenon Falls State Park (in Paradise) and Mosquito Falls (in Munising). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Oswald's Bear Ranch, play a few rounds at Newberry Country Club, and stroll around Muskallonge Lake State Park.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Newberry vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Sault Ste. Marie to Newberry in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Newberry

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Munising, Tahquamenon Falls State Park
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Oswald's Bear Ranch ©
Oswald's Bear Ranch
Chapel Rock and Beach ©
Chapel Rock and Beach
Spray Falls ©
Spray Falls