12 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

12 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Fly
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Marquette
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 1 night
Drive
4
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Houston

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Marquette

Marquette is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Lakenenland Sculpture Park. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Downtown Marquette, take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, and then immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marquette travel itinerary planner.

Houston to Marquette is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in September, things will get much colder in Marquette: highs are around 68°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Shopping

3
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Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Munising: Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Munising online day trip planner.

You can drive from Marquette to Munising in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Ontonagon

On the 24th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Porcupine Mountains State Park, admire the sheer force of Bond Falls, and then go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ontonagon driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Munising to Ontonagon in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

1
night
Paradise

Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 25th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paradise online trip maker.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Paradise in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Paradise can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums · Parks · Nature

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Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): walk around Bridge View Park, then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, and then take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, admire the striking features of Indian Village, stop by Riverstone Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Museum Ship Valley Camp.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Ignace vacation planner.

You can drive from Paradise to Saint Ignace in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

3
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, and immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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Waterfalls · Geologic Formations · State Parks
Natural attractions steal the show on an Upper Peninsula vacation. Michigan's sparsely populated northern region is famous for its extensive shoreline along the Great Lakes and thick swathes of protected forest. Many of the region's waterways feature dramatic cascades, and a history of volcanic activity has created a wealth of interesting rock formations and colorful mineral deposits. Wildlife spotting remains a top reason to take a trip to Upper Peninsula, with deer, bears, wolves, and porcupines all easily seen in the area's pristine wilderness.