8 days in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
— 2 nights
Sault Ste. Marie
— 3 nights


Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Get outdoors at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and Jewel Golf Course. Get some historical perspective at Fort Holmes and Biddle House. There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, step off the mainland to explore Eagle Point Cave, and make a trip to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!.

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Detroit to Mackinac Island is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Detroit in April: high temperatures in Mackinac Island hover around 42°F and lows are around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife


— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, then look and learn at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the old-fashioned way with Toonerville Trolley Train and Boat Tours, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paradise route builder app.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Paradise can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Sault Ste. Marie

— 3 nights
Sault Ste. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Point Iroquois Lighthouse and Tower of History. Explore hidden gems such as Soo Brewing Company and Museum Ship Valley Camp. Explore Sault Ste. Marie's surroundings by going to Saint Ignace (Kewadin Shores Casino, Straits State Park, &more). It doesn't end there: try to win big at Kewadin Casino.

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You can drive from Paradise to Sault Ste. Marie in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in April, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Casinos · Fun & Games · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips