11 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

11 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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11 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h
2
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Sault Ste. Marie
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Marquette
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Kalamazoo

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 9th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Biddle House and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary builder .

Kalamazoo to Mackinac Island is an approximately 8-hour flight. Traveling from Kalamazoo in August, you will find days in Mackinac Island are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Golf
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

1
night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paradise trip website .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in August, Paradise is little chillier at night with lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature Parks Museums
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Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

1
night
Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie
Sault Ste. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Tower of History, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name of Mary Church, then sample the tasty concoctions at Soo Brewing Company, then don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, and finally visit a coastal fixture at USDA Iroquois Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sault Ste. Marie travel route planner .

Getting from Paradise to Sault Ste. Marie by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Holy Name of Mary Church ©
Holy Name of Mary Church
Soo Brewing Company ©
Soo Brewing Company

3
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Sand Point Beach and Fayette Historic State Park. When in Munising, make a side trip to see 12-Mile Beach in Grand Marais, approximately 54 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Alger Falls, and stop by UP-Scale Art.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Munising holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Sault Ste. Marie to Munising takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Munising, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fayette Historic State Park, 12-Mile Beach
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach

1
night
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take a stroll through Downtown Marquette, then take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, and then immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Marquette travel planner .

Traveling by car from Munising to Marquette takes an hour. In August, daytime highs in Marquette are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Marquette

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

2
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Clouds and then admire the majestic nature at Porcupine Mountains State Park.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ontonagon day trip tool .

Getting from Marquette to Ontonagon by car takes about 2.5 hours. August in Ontonagon sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature Parks Trails
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Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds

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