11 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

11 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
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Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Garden
— 1 night
Drive
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Marquette
— 4 nights
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Mackinac Island

— 3 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Mackinac Island State Park and The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World. Fort Mackinac and The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, tee off at Jewel Golf Course, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip itinerary planner.

New York City to Mackinac Island is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in June: high temperatures in Mackinac Island hover around 67°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Paradise

— 2 nights
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, then identify plant and animal life at Oswald's Bear Ranch, and then take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then enjoy the sea views from Point Iroquois Lighthouse, then take in the exciting artwork at Riverstone Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Tower of History.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Paradise trip itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, plan for little chillier nights in Paradise, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Garden.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Garden

— 1 night
Garden is a village in Delta County of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): do a tasting at Garden Bay Winery, stroll through Fayette Historic State Park, and then steep yourself in history at Historical Village Fayette Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Garden trip planner.

Getting from Paradise to Garden by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Garden

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Marquette

— 4 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Kids will appreciate attractions like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Lakenenland Sculpture Park. Mineral Museum of Michigan and Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marquette: Adventure Mining Company (in Greenland) and Munising (Spray Falls, Sand Point Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Presque Isle Park.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Marquette itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Garden to Marquette takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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.