7 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

7 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night


Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church.

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New York City to Mackinac Island is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Mackinac Island to be slightly colder, temps between 58°F and 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping


— 2 nights
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, identify plant and animal life at Oswald's Bear Ranch, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Tahquamenon Logging Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the sky in a new way at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Museum Ship Valley Camp, and then make a trip to Soo Locks.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Paradise trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trips


— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 20th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Miner's Beach, then kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach, and finally putt your heart out at Miners Falls Mini Golf.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Munising trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip


— 1 night
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy, identify plant and animal life at Presque Isle Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Marquette trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munising to Marquette takes 1.5 hours. In May in Marquette, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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.