15 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
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Ontonagon — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Main Overlook and then delve into the lush surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Agate Falls Scenic Site, take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ontonagon trip planner.

Cedar Rapids to Ontonagon is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cedar Rapids to Ontonagon. Traveling from Cedar Rapids in August, things will get a bit cooler in Ontonagon: highs are around 73°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Marquette.
Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trips

Marquette — 2 nights

Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take a stroll through Downtown Marquette, then identify plant and animal life at Presque Isle Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, and finally relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Lakenenland Sculpture Park, tee off at Marquette Golf Club, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blackrocks Brewery.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Marquette road trip app.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Marquette in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Munising.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Golf

Munising — 5 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Take a break from the city and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Relax by the water at Sand Point Beach and 12-Mile Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munising: Manistique (Lake Effect Arts & Palms Book State Park), Garden Bay Winery (in Cooks) and Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, kick back and relax at Miner's Beach, admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls, and explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach.

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Traveling by car from Marquette to Munising takes an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Paradise.
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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and then see the sky in a new way at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Iroquois Lighthouse.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Paradise day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munising to Paradise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums
Side Trip

Mackinac Island — 4 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Popular historic sites such as Fort Mackinac and Round Island Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Arch Rock and Mackinac Island State Park. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, play a few rounds at Jewel Golf Course, relax and rejuvenate at Lilac Tree Spa, and look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island travel planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. 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 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Upper Peninsula travel guide

Waterfalls · State Parks · Geologic Formations
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.