6 days in Upper Peninsula & Traverse City Itinerary

6 days in Upper Peninsula & Traverse City Itinerary

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Marquette
— 1 night
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Munising
— 1 night
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Manistique
— 1 night
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Paradise
— 1 day
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
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Traverse City
— 1 night
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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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): walk around Presque Isle Park and then take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the 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 difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chicago in July, with highs in Marquette at 75°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Munising.
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Munising — 1 night

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To find out how to plan a trip to Munising, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Marquette to Munising takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Munising sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Manistique.
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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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the activities along Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) and then admire the majestic nature at Palms Book State Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Manistique online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Munising to Manistique takes an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Paradise.
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Paradise — 1 day

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. On the 3rd (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, immerse yourself in nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, then see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paradise journey builder app.

You can drive from Manistique to Paradise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Paradise are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.
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Mackinac Island — 1 night

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island vacation tool.

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. Traveling from Paradise in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Mackinac Island, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Traverse City.
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Traverse City — 1 night

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Traverse City online attractions 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. Traveling from Mackinac Island in August, you will find days in Traverse City are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). On the 5th (Fri), you'll travel back home.
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Upper Peninsula travel guide

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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.
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