11 days in Upper Peninsula & Traverse City Itinerary

11 days in Upper Peninsula & Traverse City Itinerary

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11 days in Upper Peninsula & Traverse City Itinerary

Start: Belleville
Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Escanaba
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Marquette
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Sault Ste. Marie
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  2​h
6
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
ferry:  15​min
7
Saint Ignace
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
End: Belleville

1
day
Escanaba

Escanaba ©
Escanaba is a port city in Delta County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Sand Point Lighthouse, take an in-depth tour of Delta County Historical Museum, then walk around Ludington Park, and finally learn about winemaking at Leigh's Garden Winery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Escanaba trip builder site .

Belleville to Escanaba is an approximately 9.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Belleville to Escanaba is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Belleville in June; daily highs in Escanaba reach 70°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Escanaba

Parks Museums Wineries
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Ludington Park ©
Ludington Park
Sand Point Lighthouse ©
Sand Point Lighthouse
Delta County Historical Museum ©
Delta County Historical Museum

1
night
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. On the 27th (Thu), see where the action happens at Superior Dome, take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, and then immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Marquette visit planner .

Traveling by car from Escanaba to Marquette takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Superior Dome ©
Superior Dome

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 28th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, then admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, and finally try for a hole-in-one at Miners Falls Mini Golf.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Munising road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Marquette to Munising takes an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

1
night
Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie
Sault Ste. On the 30th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name of Mary Church, observe the fascinating underwater world at Museum Ship Valley Camp, visit a coastal fixture at USDA Iroquois Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Riverstone Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sault Ste. Marie day trip planner .

You can drive from Munising to Sault Ste. Marie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks
Holy Name of Mary Church ©
Holy Name of Mary Church

1
night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 1st (Mon), examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Paradise trip planning tool .

You can drive from Sault Ste. Marie to Paradise in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Biddle House, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

1
night
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 3rd (Wed), contemplate the long history of McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, then enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then walk around Colonial Michilimackinac, and finally snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Ignace trip itinerary app .

Saint Ignace is very close to Mackinac Island. In July, daytime highs in Saint Ignace are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mackinaw City
Highlights from your plan
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Colonial Michilimackinac ©
Colonial Michilimackinac

2
nights
Traverse City

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
On the 4th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, then cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Lake Ann Brewing Company. Here are some ideas for day two: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, and then go for a walk through Boardman River Boardwalk.

Plan a Traverse City trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Saint Ignace to Traverse City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Saint Ignace in July: highs in Traverse City hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Empire, Lake Ann Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Lake Ann Brewing Company ©
Lake Ann Brewing Company

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