12 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

12 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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12 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Madison
Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Manistique
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
ferry:  15​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h
4
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Marquette
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
End: Madison

1
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 7th (Fri): do a tasting at Garden Bay Winery.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Manistique day trip planner .

Madison to Manistique is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madison to Manistique due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Madison in August: high temperatures in Manistique hover around 72°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Manistique

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Garden Bay Winery
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Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park
Lake Effect Art Gallery ©
Lake Effect Art Gallery

2
nights
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock, walk around Bridge View Park, snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, examine the collection at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then admire the landmark architecture of Indian Village, and finally look for gifts at Manley’s Fish Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum Ship Valley Camp, make a trip to Soo Locks, and then immerse yourself in nature at Straits State Park.

Before you visit Saint Ignace, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Manistique to Saint Ignace by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Saint Ignace sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Biddle House, expand your understanding of the military at Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Caddywampus, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then trot along 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.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island visit planner.

Mackinac Island is just a stone's throw from Saint Ignace. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

1
night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paradise holiday planning site .

Getting from Mackinac Island to Paradise by combination of ferry and car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Mackinac Island in August since evenings lows in Paradise dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Paradise

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

3
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Marquette side-trips: Munising (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Spray Falls, & more). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Presque Isle Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, and walk around Lakenenland Sculpture Park.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Marquette online road trip planner .

You can drive from Paradise to Marquette in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Munising
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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 17th (Mon): go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company and then explore the striking landscape of Bond Falls. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Main Overlook, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Clouds, and then stroll through Porcupine Mountains State Park.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read our Ontonagon travel planner.

Traveling by car from Marquette to Ontonagon takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Adventure Mining Company
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Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Adventure Mining Company ©
Adventure Mining Company
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds

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