7 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

7 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula trip planner
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Fly to Marquette, Taxi to Munising
— 1 night
— 1 night
Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Minneapolis


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. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, stop by Treasure City, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and then take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Munising trip planner.

Minneapolis to Munising is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in July; daily highs in Munising reach 74°F and lows reach 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paradise.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, and then immerse yourself in nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

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Drive from Munising to Paradise in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and car. In July in Paradise, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saint Ignace.
Museums · Nature · Parks

Saint Ignace — 2 nights

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, walk around Bridge View Park, then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, and finally get great views at Castle Rock. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Tower of History, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Museum Ship Valley Camp, then don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, and finally get all the equipment you need at Bird's Eye Outfitters.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saint Ignace trip maker website.

Getting from Paradise to Saint Ignace by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Saint Ignace can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.
Parks · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trip

Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 16th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then get the lay of the land with Fort Mackinac, and then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Trinity Church, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, and finally discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

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Ride a ferry from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island in an hour. In July in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Tours · Nature · Historic Sites

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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.