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

Start: Chicago
subway + Fly:  3​h
1
Traverse City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Saint Ignace
— 1 night
ferry:  15​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  2​h
4
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Paw Paw
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Traverse City

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.
On the 28th (Fri), learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. On the next day, take in the waterfront at Boardman River Boardwalk, then cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Traverse City day trip website .

Chicago to Traverse City is an approximately 3-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Traverse City, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Empire
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Boardman River Boardwalk ©
Boardman River Boardwalk

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night
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Indian Village, examine the collection at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, stop by Mackinac Fudge Shop, then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, then stroll around Bridge View Park, and finally take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Ignace journey planner.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Saint Ignace takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Traverse City in August, expect nights in Saint Ignace to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks Shopping Museums
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Bridge View Park ©
Bridge View Park
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Castle Rock ©
Castle Rock

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night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Biddle House, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island online sightseeing planner .

Mackinac Island is just a short distance from Saint Ignace. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

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nights
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 1st (Tue), enjoy the sea views from USDA Iroquois Lighthouse, make a trip to Soo Locks, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Paradise trip simple and quick.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder 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

Side Trip

Sault Ste. Marie
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Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

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nights
Paw Paw

Paw Paw ©
Paw Paw is a village in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum, learn about winemaking at St. Julian Winery, and then find something for the whole family at Silver Beach Carousel. On your second day here, walk around Whirlpool Compass Fountain, then kick back and relax at Silver Beach County Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oval Beach.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paw Paw trip planner .

You can drive from Paradise to Paw Paw in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paradise in September: highs in Paw Paw hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paw Paw

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint Joseph, Gilmore Car Museum, Oval Beach
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St. Julian Winery ©
St. Julian Winery
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach

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