5 days in Upper Peninsula & Traverse City Itinerary

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Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
Traverse City
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On the 24th (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park and then take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Marquette trip planner.

Chicago to Marquette is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, Marquette is little chillier than Chicago - with highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Munising.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Munising — 1 night

On the 25th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

For where to stay and more tourist information, use the Munising day trip planning tool.

Drive from Marquette to Munising in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Manistique.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Manistique — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) and then look for all kinds of wild species at Palms Book State Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Manistique vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Munising to Manistique takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Paradise.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Paradise — 1 day

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park, then see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paradise online trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Manistique to Paradise with the Route module. July in Paradise sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.
Parks · Nature · Museums

Mackinac Island — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island day trip site.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In July in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Traverse City.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Traverse City — 1 night

Cherry Capital of the World

Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then don't miss a visit to Mission Point Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Traverse City route planner.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Traverse City by combination of ferry and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Mackinac Island in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Traverse City: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip

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.