8 days in Traverse City, Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula & Paw Paw Itinerary

8 days in Traverse City, Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula & Paw Paw Itinerary

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Traverse City
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Saint Ignace
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Mackinac Island
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Paradise
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Paw Paw
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Traverse City

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City online tour planner.

Chicago to Traverse City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Traverse City. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Traverse City. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Traverse City

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Nature · Historic Sites

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Beer Tasting / Tour
Beer Tastings & Tours
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Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 30th (Sun), admire the striking features of Indian Village, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, stop by Mackinac Fudge Shop, then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, then stroll around Bridge View Park, and finally get great views at Castle Rock.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Saint Ignace day trip site.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Saint Ignace takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Traverse City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Saint Ignace, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Lookout
Castle Rock
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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Biddle House, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip builder.

Ride a ferry from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island in an hour. August in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Arch Rock
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Military Museum
Fort Mackinac
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Paradise

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Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Point Iroquois Lighthouse, then make a trip to Soo Locks, and then admire the majestic nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Paradise day trip planner.

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. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Mackinac Island in August since evenings lows in Paradise dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paw Paw.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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Landmark
Soo Locks
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Specialty Museum
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
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Paw Paw

Paw Paw ©
Paw Paw is a village in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum, learn about winemaking at St. Julian Winery, and then get in on the family fun at Silver Beach Carousel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): walk around Whirlpool Compass Fountain, then stroll around Silver Beach County Park, and then kick back and relax at Oval Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paw Paw day trip website.

You can drive from Paradise to Paw Paw in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Paradise in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paw Paw: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paw Paw

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Theme Parks

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Winery / Vineyard
St. Julian Winery
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Beach
Oval Beach
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