12 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

12 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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12 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Sault Ste. Marie
— 1 night
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h
3
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Garden
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Marquette
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Hancock
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Indianapolis

1
night
Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie ©
Sault Ste. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the galleries of Museum Ship Valley Camp, make a trip to Soo Locks, and then enjoy the sea views from USDA Iroquois Lighthouse.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sault Ste. Marie online tour itinerary planner .

Indianapolis to Sault Ste. Marie is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and car. In August, Sault Ste. Marie is little chillier than Indianapolis - with highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Parks Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trip

Brimley
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Museum Ship Valley Camp ©
Museum Ship Valley Camp
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Brimley State Park
Brimley State Park

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally stop by Caddywampus.

Make your Mackinac Island itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Sault Ste. Marie to Mackinac Island in 4.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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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 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paradise vacation builder site .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 53°F in Paradise. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Garden.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums Parks Nature
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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
Garden

Garden ©
Garden is a village in Delta County of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Historical Village Fayette Park and then explore and take pictures at Fayette Historic State Park.

Plan my day in Garden using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Garden takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Garden can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Garden

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Historical Village Fayette Park ©
Historical Village Fayette Park

1
night
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Marquette trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Garden to Marquette takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Marquette are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Lakenenland Sculpture Park ©
Lakenenland Sculpture Park

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 21st (Wed), stroll around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, then admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, and finally explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Munising trip planning site .

You can drive from Marquette to Munising in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hancock.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Wagner Falls ©
Wagner Falls

2
nights
Hancock

Hancock ©
Hancock is a city in Houghton County, Michigan, United States and is located on Copper Island, which is part of the Keweenaw Peninsula, on the Keweenaw Waterway directly opposite Houghton, Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Nature Park, then examine the collection at Mineral Museum of Michigan, then steep yourself in history at Quincy Mine, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at McLain State Park. Keep things going the next day: stop by The Jampot, then see the interesting displays at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, then explore the landscape on two wheels at The trail to Copper Harbor, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Eagle River Falls.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hancock online route planner .

Getting from Munising to Hancock by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hancock

Parks Trails Museums

Side Trips

Eagle Harbor, Houghton, Eagle River Falls
Highlights from your plan
Mineral Museum of Michigan ©
Mineral Museum of Michigan
Quincy Mine ©
Quincy Mine
McLain State Park ©
McLain State Park

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