5 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

5 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula visit planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Marquette
— 1 night
Drive
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Manistique
— 1 night
Drive
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Paradise
— 1 night
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit

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Marquette

— 1 night
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy, admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, then see the interesting displays at Marquette Maritime Museum, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Marquette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): stop by UP-Scale Art, then kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Marquette trip itinerary planner.

Detroit to Marquette is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, Marquette is little chillier than Detroit - with highs of 53°F and lows of 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Manistique.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Manistique

— 1 night
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. state of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. On the 3rd (Sun), learn about winemaking at Garden Bay Winery, take in the dramatic natural features at Palms Book State Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), and finally trek along The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Manistique travel route planning app.

You can drive from Marquette to Manistique in 2 hours. October in Manistique sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Paradise

— 1 night
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 4th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, immerse yourself in nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paradise trip builder tool.

You can drive from Manistique to Paradise in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 5th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then don't miss a visit to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island trip maker website.

Getting from Paradise to Mackinac Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Nature

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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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.