11 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

11 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Saint Ignace
— 1 night
Drive
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Paradise
— 1 night
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Big Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marquette
— 1 night
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Saint Ignace

— 1 night
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge and then stop by Mackinac Fudge Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, take a leisurely stroll along Huron Boardwalk, then admire the majestic nature at Straits State Park, and finally walk around Bridge View Park.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Ignace attractions planning tool.

Detroit to Saint Ignace is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Detroit, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Saint Ignace, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

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 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, admire the majestic nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paradise trip planner.

Drive from Saint Ignace to Paradise in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Saint Ignace in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 49°F in Paradise. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Nature · Museums

Ontonagon

— 3 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ontonagon: Downtown Miners Mural (in Ironwood), Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton) and McLain State Park (in Hancock).

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ontonagon road trip app.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Ontonagon takes 4.5 hours. In September in Ontonagon, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Big Bay.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Big Bay

— 1 night
Big Bay is an unincorporated community in Marquette County of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook and then stroll around Perkins County Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Big Bay travel route planner.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Big Bay in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Big Bay

Wildlife · Parks
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Munising

— 3 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Change things up with these side-trips from Munising: Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)) and Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, try for a hole-in-one at Miners Falls Mini Golf, and look for gifts at Open Wings Pottery & Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Munising trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Big Bay 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 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marquette

— 1 night
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, and then immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park.

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You can drive from Munising to Marquette in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Munising in September, Marquette is slightly colder at night with lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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.