7 days in Traverse City & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

7 days in Traverse City & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Fly
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Traverse City
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
3
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive
4
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Ontonagon
— 1 night
Drive

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Traverse City

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Mission Point Lighthouse and then wander the streets of Front Street.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip tool.

Milwaukee to Traverse City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milwaukee to Traverse City. July in Traverse City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Traverse City in July: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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Paradise

Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 29th (Wed), browse the exhibits of Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, then explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and finally admire the majestic nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paradise trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Paradise, with lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

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Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 30th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, then stroll around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and then admire the sheer force of Tannery Falls. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach, then admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, and finally explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock.

Discover how to plan a Munising trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Paradise to Munising in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. July in Munising sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Ontonagon

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stroll through Porcupine Mountains State Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ontonagon trip planner.

Drive from Munising to Ontonagon in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ontonagon are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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.