8 days in Upper Peninsula & New York City Itinerary

8 days in Upper Peninsula & New York City Itinerary

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8 days in Upper Peninsula & New York City Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+3
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Ferry:  7 h 15 min
1
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  2 h
2
Paradise
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Foot:  8 h 30 min
3
New York City
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Chicago

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mackinac Island journey planning tool .

Chicago to Mackinac Island is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Chicago to Mackinac Island, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, things will get little chillier in Mackinac Island: highs are around 72°F and lows about 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

1
night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paradise trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in August, plan for little chillier nights in Paradise, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to New York City.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature Parks
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Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park

5
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
For shopping fun, head to Fifth Avenue or Chelsea Market. Get some historical perspective at Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and Brooklyn Heights Promenade. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (in Poughkeepsie) and Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt (in Hyde Park). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, wander the streets of Greenwich Village, get a taste of the local shopping with SoHo, and see the interesting displays at Ground Zero Museum Workshop.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our New York City road trip tool .

Getting from Paradise to New York City by combination of car and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Paradise in August, with highs in New York City at 84°F and lows at 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Brooklyn, Hyde Park, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt ©
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt

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