11 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

11 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula attractions planner

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

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Mackinac and St Anne's Catholic Church. Get in touch with nature at Arch Rock and The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, contemplate the long history of Biddle House, don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island journey builder app.

Detroit to Mackinac Island is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Detroit in July, with highs in Mackinac Island at 73°F and lows at 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

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 23rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paradise itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Paradise when traveling from Mackinac Island in July, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Garden.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature · Parks · Museums

Garden

— 1 night
Garden is a village in Delta County of the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Garden Bay Winery, immerse yourself in nature at Fayette Historic State Park, and then steep yourself in history at Historical Village Fayette Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Garden holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Garden takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Garden

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Ontonagon

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Bond Falls, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Overlook, and then take a peaceful walk through Porcupine Mountains State Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ontonagon online visit planner.

You can drive from Garden to Ontonagon in 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ontonagon can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Munising

— 4 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sand Point Beach and 12-Mile Beach. Get outdoors at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Palms Book State Park. Take a break from Munising with a short trip to Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) in Manistique, about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, and take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Munising tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Munising takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Marquette

— 1 night
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. On the 30th (Fri), shop like a local with Lakenenland Sculpture Park, then experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, and finally stroll around Presque Isle Park.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Marquette vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Munising to Marquette takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Marquette are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

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.