8 days in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
ferry:  15​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the engaging exhibits at Tahquamenon Logging Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Oswald's Bear Ranch, take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Paradise trip itinerary maker app .

Chicago to Paradise is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Chicago to Paradise, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, things will get a bit cooler in Paradise: highs are around 73°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Newberry
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Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Oswald's Bear Ranch ©
Oswald's Bear Ranch

2
nights
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): stop by Manley’s Fish Market, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, admire the striking features of Indian Village, then take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock, then stroll around Bridge View Park, and finally snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at USDA Iroquois Lighthouse, then make a trip to Soo Locks, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Museum Ship Valley Camp, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name of Mary Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Saint Ignace tour planner.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Saint Ignace takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Paradise in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 59°F in Saint Ignace. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Sault Ste. Marie
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Bridge View Park ©
Bridge View Park
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

3
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, wildlife, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop, identify plant and animal life at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island road trip website .

Mackinac Island is very close to Saint Ignace. September in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

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