4 days in Upper Peninsula & Petoskey Itinerary

4 days in Upper Peninsula & Petoskey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Petoskey
— 2 nights


Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island online travel planner.

Detroit to Mackinac Island is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, Mackinac Island is a bit cooler than Detroit - with highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums


— 2 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Castle Farms, kick back and relax at Michigan Beach Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Young State Park. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Oden State Fish Hatchery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, and finally visit Historic Gaslight District.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Petoskey trip planner.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Petoskey by combination of ferry and bus takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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.