7 days in Traverse City & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

7 days in Traverse City & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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7 days in Traverse City & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Milwaukee
Bus + Fly:  4​h
1
Traverse City
— 1 night
Bus + Ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  2​h
3
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Ontonagon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Milwaukee

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night
Traverse City

Traverse City ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Old Mission Lighthouse and then don't miss a visit to Front Street.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Traverse City road trip website .

Milwaukee to Traverse City is an approximately 4-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milwaukee to Traverse City due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse
Beer Tastings & Tours

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then explore the galleries of Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Traverse City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

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Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Paradise trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, Paradise is slightly colder at night with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

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

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nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, explore the striking landscape of 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 Autrain Falls, admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Point Beach, then admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Munising trip planner .

You can drive from Paradise to Munising in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Wagner Falls ©
Wagner Falls

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Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. On the 1st (Sat), delve into the lush surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bond Falls.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ontonagon day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Munising to Ontonagon takes 3 hours. In July in Ontonagon, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Trails
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Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park

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