13 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

13 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Marquette
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manistique
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
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Paradise
— 1 night
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 3 nights
Drive to Duluth International Airport, Fly to Sawyer International Airport

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Marquette

— 2 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Marquette side-trips: Munising (UP-Scale Art, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, &more). There's much more to do: walk around Presque Isle Park, take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, take a stroll through Downtown Marquette, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lakenenland Sculpture Park.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Marquette visit planning website.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Marquette. In December, daytime highs in Marquette are 26°F, while nighttime lows are 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manistique.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Manistique

— 2 nights
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. On the 17th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Palms Book State Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), and then steep yourself in history at Historical Village Fayette Park. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Thompson State Fish Hatchery, learn about winemaking at Garden Bay Winery, then admire the majestic nature at Fayette Historic State Park, and finally glide through natural beauty at Days River Natural Trail.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Manistique trip simple and quick.

Drive from Marquette to Manistique in 2 hours. In December in Manistique, expect temperatures between 29°F during the day and 16°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Manistique

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint Ignace

— 2 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 19th (Thu), stroll around Bridge View Park, take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and finally get great views at Castle Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name of Mary Church, then don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Museum Ship Valley Camp.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Ignace road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Manistique to Saint Ignace takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Saint Ignace can reach 31°F, while at night they dip to 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 21st (Sat), steep yourself in history at Trinity Church, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island day trip app.

You can ride a ferry from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°F, and evening lows to 21°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Paradise

— 1 night
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Paradise travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Mackinac Island in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Paradise, with lows around 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums · Nature · Parks

Ontonagon

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Hungarian Falls, then examine the collection at Mineral Museum of Michigan, and then go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Ontonagon County Historical Museum and then admire the sheer force of Bond Falls.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ontonagon trip planner.

You can drive from Paradise to Ontonagon in 5 hours. In December in Ontonagon, expect temperatures between 27°F during the day and 16°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

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.