4 days in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Itinerary

4 days in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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4 days in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Chicago
bus + ferry:  17​h 30​min
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  2​h
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Chicago

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Biddle House, deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island driving holiday planner .

Chicago to Mackinac Island is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In September, Mackinac Island is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 67°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Museums
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac


Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the galleries of Museum Ship Valley Camp, then make a trip to Soo Locks, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in 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 find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paradise trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Paradise, with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Sault Ste. Marie
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Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum