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
— 2 nights
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Eagle Harbor
— 1 night
Drive to Houghton County Memorial Airport, Fly to Houston


Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum and Fort Mackinac. Take a break from the city and head to Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and Arch Rock. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop, tee off at Jewel Golf Course, and see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island tour itinerary site.

Houston to Mackinac Island is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Mackinac Island is 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Houston in May: high temperatures in Mackinac Island hover around 58°F and lows are around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Paradise.
Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

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 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then see the sky in a new way at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, and then get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light.

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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. In May, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Munising.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Munising — 2 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stroll through Seney National Wildlife Refuge and then stroll through The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Chapel Rock and Beach and then kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Munising trip builder site.

Getting from Paradise to Munising by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Munising are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Eagle Harbor.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
Side Trips

Eagle Harbor — 1 night

Eagle Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located on the north side of the Keweenaw Peninsula within Eagle Harbor Township, Keweenaw County in the U.S. State of Michigan. On the 21st (Sat), visit a coastal fixture at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums and then stop by The Jampot.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Eagle Harbor road trip planning website.

Drive from Munising to Eagle Harbor in 3.5 hours. May in Eagle Harbor sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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.