8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula itinerary planner

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Saint Ignace
— 1 night
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Sault Ste. Marie
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Paradise
— 1 night
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Manistique
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Munising
— 2 nights
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Marquette
— 1 night
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Houghton
— 1 night
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Saint Ignace

— 1 night
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 31st (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, then contemplate the long history of McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, and finally take an in-depth tour of Heritage Village at Mackinaw.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Ignace trip itinerary maker website.

Ionia to Saint Ignace is an approximately 4-hour car ride. When traveling from Ionia in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Saint Ignace: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 59°F at night. You'll set off for Sault Ste. Marie on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. On the 1st (Tue), don't miss a visit to Soo Locks and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tower of History.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sault Ste. Marie vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Saint Ignace to Sault Ste. Marie takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Paradise.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Historic Sites

Paradise

— 1 night
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paradise trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Sault Ste. Marie to Paradise takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature · Parks · Museums

Manistique

Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Manistique trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Manistique takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 49°F. On the 2nd (Wed), you're off to Munising.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and then take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Munising day trip planning app.

You can drive from Manistique to Munising in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Munising sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Marquette

— 1 night
Marquette is a city in the U.S. On the 5th (Sat), take a stroll through Downtown Marquette, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, and then immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Marquette trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munising to Marquette takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Munising in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 48°F in Marquette. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Houghton.

Things to do in Marquette

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Houghton

— 1 night
Houghton is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the activities along McLain State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Nature Park, and then go deep underground at Quincy Mine.

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Traveling by journey from Marquette to Houghton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Houghton

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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Waterfalls · Geologic Formations · State Parks
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.