7 days in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Itinerary

7 days in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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7 days in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Sault Ste. Marie
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  2​h
3
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Detroit

3
nights
Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie ©
Sault Ste. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sault Ste. Marie: Saint Ignace (Castle Rock, Mackinac Bridge, & more) and Oswald's Bear Ranch (in Newberry). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Soo Locks, enjoy the sea views from USDA Iroquois Lighthouse, observe the fascinating underwater world at Museum Ship Valley Camp, and view the masterpieces at Riverstone Gallery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sault Ste. Marie trip planner .

Detroit to Sault Ste. Marie is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. In August, Sault Ste. Marie is a bit cooler than Detroit - with highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Paradise.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Oswald's Bear Ranch
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Oswald's Bear Ranch ©
Oswald's Bear Ranch
Castle Rock ©
Castle Rock
Straits State Park ©
Straits State Park

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night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paradise online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sault Ste. Marie to Paradise in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums
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Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 16th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Biddle House, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Trinity Church, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island attractions planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Mackinac Island when traveling from Paradise in August, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

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