8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Marquette
— 1 day
Drive
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Munising
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Garden
— 1 night
Drive
4
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit

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Marquette

— 1 day
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. On the 8th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, and then admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Marquette trip maker site.

Detroit to Marquette is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Detroit in August, things will get a bit cooler in Marquette: highs are around 73°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Munising

— 3 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Take a break from the city and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. We've included these beaches for you: Sand Point Beach and Miner's Beach. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls, and take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

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

Traveling by car from Marquette to Munising takes 1.5 hours. In August in Munising, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Garden.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Garden

— 1 night
Garden is a village in Delta County of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): do a tasting at Garden Bay Winery, then admire the majestic nature at Fayette Historic State Park, and then contemplate the long history of Historical Village Fayette Park.

Make your Garden itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Munising to Garden by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Garden can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Garden

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

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 13th (Fri), examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paradise day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Garden to Paradise in 2.5 hours. In August in Paradise, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums · Nature · Parks

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 14th (Sat), admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, then contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island online tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Paradise in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Mackinac Island, with lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Upper Peninsula travel guide

4.7
Waterfalls · Geologic Formations · State Parks
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.