12 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

12 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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12 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Detroit
+3
Fly + taxi + bus + ferry:  5​h 30​min
1
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  15​min
2
Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Marquette
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Detroit

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip itinerary maker site .

Detroit to Mackinac Island is an approximately 5.5-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. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Detroit in June: high temperatures in Mackinac Island hover around 67°F and lows are around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Saint Ignace.

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

2
nights
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Museum Ship Valley Camp, stroll around Bridge View Park, and then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then admire the landmark architecture of Indian Village, then don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, and finally shop like a local with Riverstone Gallery.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Saint Ignace vacation planner .

Saint Ignace is just a short distance from Mackinac Island. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time 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

2
nights
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Oswald's Bear Ranch, contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Point Iroquois Lighthouse, get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paradise journey planning app .

You can drive from Saint Ignace to Paradise in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Point Iroquois Lighthouse, Oswald's Bear Ranch
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Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Oswald's Bear Ranch ©
Oswald's Bear Ranch

2
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Bond Falls and then admire the sheer force of Bond Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Summit Peak, then trek along Porcupine Mountains State Park, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ontonagon travel planner.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Ontonagon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Marquette.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Adventure Mining Company
Highlights from your plan
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. Get out of town with these interesting Marquette side-trips: Munising (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Spray Falls, & more). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy, and take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Marquette route planning site .

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Marquette takes 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Marquette can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can 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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