11 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

11 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula itinerary planner

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Drive
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Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive to Duluth International Airport, Fly to Sawyer International Airport
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Marquette
— 1 night
Drive
3
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
5
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
6
Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
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Ontonagon

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Ontonagon County Historical Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Presque Isle River, and then hike along Porcupine Mountains State Park. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ontonagon online driving holiday planner.

Chicago to Ontonagon is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Ontonagon is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chicago in September, with highs in Ontonagon at 68°F and lows at 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Marquette.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Marquette

— 1 night
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): walk around Lakenenland Sculpture Park, then experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy, then take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, and finally identify plant and animal life at Presque Isle Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Marquette journey planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ontonagon to Marquette. In September in Marquette, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then stop by Upper Peninsula Inspired, and finally admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Munising journey maker.

You can drive from Marquette to Munising in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Munising are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Paradise

— 1 night
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, and then immerse yourself in nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paradise tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Munising to Paradise takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car. September in Paradise sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums · Nature · Parks

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Trinity Church, explore and take pictures at Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island itinerary tool.

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 September, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Saint Ignace

— 2 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 25th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock, then stroll around Bridge View Park, and finally delve into the mystery of Mystery Spot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Soo Locks, enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge.

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You can ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Saint Ignace can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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Waterfalls · Geologic Formations · State Parks
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.