17 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

17 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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17 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Sault Ste. Marie
— Few hours
bus + ferry:  3​h 45​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h
3
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Manistique
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Munising
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Marquette
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Copper Harbor
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
End: Kalamazoo

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Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie ©
Sault Ste. To find where to stay and tourist information, use the Sault Ste. Marie trip builder app .

Kalamazoo to Sault Ste. Marie is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. While traveling from Kalamazoo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sault Ste. Marie, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Riverstone Gallery ©
Riverstone Gallery
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

3
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, wildlife, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, and learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Sault Ste. Marie to Mackinac Island takes 4 hours. In September in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

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night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 7th (Sat), examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paradise online itinerary planner .

Getting from Mackinac Island to Paradise by combination of ferry and car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Mackinac Island in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 49°F in Paradise. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Whitefish Point Light ©
Whitefish Point Light

2
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. On the 8th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Log Slide Overlook, then get engrossed in the history at Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum, and then stroll through Woodland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Muskallonge Lake State Park, see the interesting displays at Pickle Barrel House Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Chapel Falls.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Marais tour planner .

You can drive from Paradise to Grand Marais in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Grand Marais are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Muskallonge Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Muskallonge Lake State Park ©
Muskallonge Lake State Park
Chapel Falls ©
Chapel Falls
Log Slide Overlook ©
Log Slide Overlook

1
night
Manistique

Manistique ©
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Palms Book State Park, then explore the activities along Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), and then learn about winemaking at Mackinaw Trail Winery.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Manistique road trip app .

Drive from Grand Marais to Manistique in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Manistique

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Palms Book State Park ©
Palms Book State Park
Mackinaw Trail Winery ©
Mackinaw Trail Winery

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Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls, stop by Open Wings Pottery & Gallery, and step off the mainland to explore Grand Island.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Munising journey builder .

Traveling by car from Manistique to Munising takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

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

2
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, then identify plant and animal life at Presque Isle Park, and then browse the exhibits of Lakenenland Sculpture Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): tee off at Marquette Golf Club, then trek along North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail), and then take a stroll through Downtown Marquette.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Marquette trip planner .

Drive from Munising to Marquette in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Munising in September, Marquette is slightly colder at night with lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail)
Highlights from your plan
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

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night
Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. On the 17th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Fort Wilkins State Park, then cruise along Brockway Mountain Drive, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hunter's Point Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Copper Harbor trip website .

Traveling by car from Marquette to Copper Harbor takes 3 hours. Traveling from Marquette in September, Copper Harbor is a bit warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Hunter's Point Park ©
Hunter's Point Park
Brockway Mountain Drive ©
Brockway Mountain Drive

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nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. On the 18th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Clouds and then take a peaceful walk through Porcupine Mountains State Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ontonagon online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Copper Harbor to Ontonagon takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park

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