8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  9​h
1
Sault Ste. Marie
— 1 day
bus + ferry:  4​h
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h
3
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Marquette
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
day
Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie ©
Sault Ste. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Museum Ship Valley Camp, then make a trip to Soo Locks, then enjoy the sea views from USDA Iroquois Lighthouse, and finally explore and take pictures at Lake Superior State University.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sault Ste. Marie trip planner .

San Francisco to Sault Ste. Marie is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Sault Ste. Marie is 3 hours. August in Sault Ste. Marie sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museum Ship Valley Camp ©
Museum Ship Valley Camp
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Biddle House, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop, then don't miss a visit to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and finally tee off at Jewel Golf Course.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island online day trip planner .

Getting from Sault Ste. Marie to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

1
night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paradise online day 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 September, Paradise is slightly colder at night with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 3rd (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, then admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, and finally explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Munising vacation planner .

Getting from Paradise to Munising by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center ©
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

1
night
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park, make a trip to Superior Dome, then hike along North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail), and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blackrocks Brewery.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Marquette online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Munising to Marquette takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Munising in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Marquette, with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail)
Highlights from your plan
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Blackrocks Brewery ©
Blackrocks Brewery

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