8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Springfield
+3
Fly + taxi + bus + ferry:  9​h 45​min
1
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  15​min
2
Saint Ignace
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Munising
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: Springfield

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Biddle House, deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Caddywampus, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island online trip maker .

Springfield to Mackinac Island is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Springfield to Mackinac Island, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Springfield, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

1
night
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the striking features of 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 walk around Bridge View Park, and finally take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Ignace road trip planner .

Saint Ignace is very close to Mackinac Island. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paradise.

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
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 17th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, visit a coastal fixture at USDA Iroquois Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, and finally look for gifts at Riverstone Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

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

Getting from Saint Ignace to Paradise by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Saint Ignace in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Paradise, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Sault Ste. Marie
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Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks
Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls and then explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Munising online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Paradise to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. September in Munising sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

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