8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Marquette
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Munising
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Saint Ignace
— 1 night
ferry:  15​min
5
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Indianapolis

1
night
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. On the 14th (Sat), take a stroll through Downtown Marquette.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Marquette trip itinerary builder website .

Indianapolis to Marquette is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, Marquette is slightly colder than Indianapolis - with highs of 68°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

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Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Lakenenland Sculpture Park ©
Lakenenland Sculpture Park

1
night
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 16th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Munising Falls and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Munising trip planner .

You can drive from Marquette to Munising in an hour. September in Munising sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paradise.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls

2
nights
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, then enjoy the sea views from Point Iroquois Lighthouse, and then admire the majestic nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): 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.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paradise planning site .

You can drive from Munising to Paradise in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car. September in Paradise sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Paradise

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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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Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to Indian Village, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, look for gifts at Mackinac Fudge Shop, take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, then stroll around Bridge View Park, and finally take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Saint Ignace journey builder .

You can drive from Paradise to Saint Ignace in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

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Bridge View Park ©
Bridge View Park
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Castle Rock ©
Castle Rock

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Biddle House, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mackinac Island, use our trip itinerary maker.

Mackinac Island is just a short distance from Saint Ignace. September in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

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