12 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

12 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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12 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Orlando, Florida
+3
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Ferry:  9​h
1
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  15​min
2
Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Manistique
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Marquette
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Orlando, Florida

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): make a trip to Trinity Church, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip maker website .

Orlando to Mackinac Island is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Orlando in August: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Museums
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

2
nights
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 20th (Thu), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Museum Ship Valley Camp, walk around Bridge View Park, and then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Castle Rock, examine the collection at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, make a trip to Indian Village, then make a trip to Soo Locks, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Riverstone Gallery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Saint Ignace trip planning app .

Saint Ignace is very close to Mackinac Island. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sault Ste. Marie
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Bridge View Park ©
Bridge View Park
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

1
night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the majestic nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paradise trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Saint Ignace to Paradise takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Saint Ignace in August since evenings lows in Paradise dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls

1
night
Manistique

Manistique ©
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): learn about winemaking at Garden Bay Winery, explore the striking landscape at Palms Book State Park, then explore the activities along Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), and finally trek along The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Manistique trip maker .

Getting from Paradise to Manistique by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Manistique are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Garden Bay Winery
Highlights from your plan
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park
Garden Bay Winery ©
Garden Bay Winery

2
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. On the 24th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Bond Falls and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bond Falls. On the next day, stroll through Porcupine Mountains State Park, get to know the fascinating history of Main Overlook, and then go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ontonagon route planning website .

Getting from Manistique to Ontonagon by car takes about 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ontonagon are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Marquette.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Adventure Mining Company
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Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Adventure Mining Company ©
Adventure Mining Company
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park

3
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Munising (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Miners Castle Rock, & more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Presque Isle Park, walk around Lakenenland Sculpture Park, experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy, and take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain.

To see maps and more tourist information, use the Marquette attractions planning site .

You can drive from Ontonagon to Marquette in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Munising
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

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