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
— 2 nights
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights


Munising — 2 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Venture out of the city with trips to Marquette (Presque Isle Park, Sugarloaf Mountain, &more) and Manistique (Treasure City, Palms Book State Park, &more). There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, and admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Munising travel itinerary planner.

Chicago to Munising is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Munising is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in September, expect Munising to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paradise.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping
Side Trips

Paradise — 1 night

Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. On the 22nd (Tue), see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paradise vacation planner.

Getting from Munising to Paradise by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Saint Ignace.
Museums · Parks · Nature

Saint Ignace — 2 nights

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, get great views at Castle Rock, then stroll around Bridge View Park, and finally take in the views from Mackinac Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name of Mary Church, make a trip to Soo Locks, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Museum Ship Valley Camp.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Saint Ignace trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Paradise to Saint Ignace by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Saint Ignace sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip

Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 25th (Fri), look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Upper Peninsula travel guide

Waterfalls · State Parks · Geologic Formations
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.