14 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

14 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Marquette
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Saint Ignace
— 3 nights
Ferry
5
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit

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Marquette

— 1 night
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Marquette Regional History Center, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, and then immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): take a stroll through Downtown Marquette, then view the masterpieces at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, then see the interesting displays at Marquette Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Marquette trip itinerary planner.

Detroit to Marquette is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Detroit in May, expect Marquette to be little chillier, temps between 60°F and 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Munising

— 4 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Kids will enjoy Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Step out of Munising with an excursion to Oswald's Bear Ranch in Newberry--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Miner's Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Munising trip maker website.

Getting from Marquette to Munising by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paradise

— 2 nights
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. On the 25th (Tue), explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Iroquois Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paradise vacation planner.

Drive from Munising to Paradise in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car. In May, daily temperatures in Paradise can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Saint Ignace

— 3 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Bring the kids along to Soo Locks and Castle Rock. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Ignace: Sault Ste. Marie (Museum Ship Valley Camp & Holy Name of Mary Church) and GarLyn Zoological Park (in Naubinway). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, get a taste of life in the country at Deer Ranch, examine the collection at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and delve into the mystery of Mystery Spot.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Ignace trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Saint Ignace takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Saint Ignace sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 3 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Family-friendly places like Arch Rock and The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, play a few rounds at Jewel Golf Course, trot along with a tour on horseback, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island trip builder app.

You can ride a ferry from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in May, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites

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.