12 days in Charlevoix, Mackinaw City & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

12 days in Charlevoix, Mackinaw City & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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12 days in Charlevoix, Mackinaw City & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Grand Rapids
Drive:  4​h 45​min
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Charlevoix
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mackinaw City
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  2​h
4
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sault Ste. Marie
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Newberry
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Copper Harbor
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Manistique
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Munising
— 2 nights
car:  7​h
End: Grand Rapids

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day
Charlevoix

Charlevoix ©
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. On the 8th (Mon), grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Michigan Beach Park, and then explore the historical opulence of Castle Farms.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Charlevoix online visit planner .

Grand Rapids to Charlevoix is an approximately 3-hour car ride. While traveling from Grand Rapids, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Charlevoix, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Little Traverse Wheelway
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Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Castle Farms ©
Castle Farms

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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. On the 9th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine, examine the collection at Great Lake Light House Keepers, then steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Straits State Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinaw City online day trip planner .

Getting from Charlevoix to Mackinaw City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cross In The Woods National Shrine, Straits State Park
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Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©
Straits State Park ©
Straits State Park

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Biddle House, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island online road trip planner .

Mackinac Island is very close to Mackinaw City. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paradise road trip tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 53°F in Paradise. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Paradise

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

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night
Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie
Sault Ste. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): meet the residents at Museum Ship Valley Camp, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Water Street Historic Block, then make a trip to Soo Locks, and finally visit a coastal fixture at USDA Iroquois Lighthouse.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sault Ste. Marie online trip planner .

You can drive from Paradise to Sault Ste. Marie in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Newberry.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

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Newberry

Newberry ©
Newberry is a village in the U.S. On the 13th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Oswald's Bear Ranch, then explore the engaging exhibits at Tahquamenon Logging Museum, and then enjoy the sea views from Crisp Point Lighthouse.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Newberry trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Sault Ste. Marie to Newberry in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Newberry are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Newberry

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Crisp Point Lighthouse ©
Crisp Point Lighthouse
Oswald's Bear Ranch ©
Oswald's Bear Ranch
Tahquamenon Logging Museum ©
Tahquamenon Logging Museum

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Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. On the 14th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary, then grab your bike and head to Copper Harbor Bike Trail System, and then enjoy the sea views from Fort Wilkins State Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Copper Harbor online journey planner .

You can drive from Newberry to Copper Harbor in 5 hours. In July in Copper Harbor, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks Trails Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fort Wilkins State Park ©
Fort Wilkins State Park

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night
Manistique

Manistique
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): trek along The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk and then take in the dramatic natural features at Palms Book State Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Manistique trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Copper Harbor to Manistique in 4.5 hours. July in Manistique sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks Trails Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park

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nights
Munising

Munising ©
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 16th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach, admire the sheer force of Tannery Falls, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Munising trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Manistique to Munising in 1.5 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 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach
Chapel Rock and Beach ©
Chapel Rock and Beach

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