12 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

12 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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12 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly + Drive:  8 h 45 min
1
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Garden
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Sault Ste. Marie
— 1 night
Bus + Ferry:  4 h 15 min
4
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  2 h
5
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Copper Harbor
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Ontonagon
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Tampa, Florida

2
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 5th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls and then explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, and finally admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Munising driving holiday planner .

Tampa to Munising is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Tampa in May: high temperatures in Munising hover around 59°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Garden.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Wagner Falls ©
Wagner Falls

1
night
Garden

Garden ©
Garden is a village in Delta County of the U.S. On the 7th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Historical Village Fayette Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Fayette Historic State Park, and then do a tasting at Garden Bay Winery.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Garden trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Munising to Garden takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in May, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Garden

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Garden Bay Winery
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Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Historical Village Fayette Park ©
Historical Village Fayette Park
Garden Bay Winery ©
Garden Bay Winery

1
night
Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie
Sault Ste. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to Soo Locks, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Iroquois Lighthouse, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Museum Ship Valley Camp, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name of Mary Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sault Ste. Marie trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Garden to Sault Ste. Marie takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Sault Ste. Marie can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Holy Name of Mary Church ©
Holy Name of Mary Church
Museum Ship Valley Camp ©
Museum Ship Valley Camp

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 9th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mission Church, then enjoy the sea views from Round Island Lighthouse, then identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally contemplate the long history of Biddle House.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Mackinac Island online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Sault Ste. Marie to Mackinac Island takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Sault Ste. Marie in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Mackinac Island, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

1
night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park, then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paradise trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daytime highs in Paradise are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Paradise

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

1
night
Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, examine the collection at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, then explore the striking landscape at Horseshoe Harbor, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Fort Wilkins State Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Copper Harbor trip planner .

Traveling by car from Paradise to Copper Harbor takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Paradise in May, plan for little chillier days in Copper Harbor, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fort Wilkins State Park ©
Fort Wilkins State Park

3
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Mineral Museum of Michigan, then contemplate the long history of Quincy Mine, and then get to know the fascinating history of Main Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Old Victoria Restoration and then admire the sheer force of Bond Falls.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Ontonagon trip maker site .

Drive from Copper Harbor to Ontonagon in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Quincy Mine, Old Victoria Restoration, Mineral Museum of Michigan
Highlights from your plan
Mineral Museum of Michigan ©
Mineral Museum of Michigan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park

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