8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Marquette
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Munising
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Saint Ignace
— 1 night
ferry:  15​min
5
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  9​h
End: New York City

1
night
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. On the 4th (Sun), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blackrocks Brewery.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Marquette trip maker tool .

New York City to Marquette is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get a bit cooler in Marquette: highs are around 73°F and lows about 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Upper Peninsula, North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail), Michigan Iron Industry Museum
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Michigan Iron Industry Museum ©
Michigan Iron Industry Museum
Upper Peninsula Children's Museum ©

1
night
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 6th (Tue): look for gifts at Upper Peninsula Inspired, take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, then explore and take pictures at Autrain Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Au Train Falls, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Munising travel planner .

Getting from Marquette to Munising by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Autrain Falls
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Au Train Falls ©
Au Train Falls
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach
Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center ©

2
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): head outdoors with Sable Falls, don't miss a visit to Au Sable Light Station, and then enjoy the sand and surf at 12-Mile Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Muskallonge Lake State Park, get engrossed in the history at Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum, and then brush up on your military savvy at Grand Marais Maritime Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Marais road trip site .

You can drive from Munising to Grand Marais in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Grand Marais can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Muskallonge Lake State Park
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Muskallonge Lake State Park ©
Muskallonge Lake State Park
Sable Falls ©
Sable Falls

1
night
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Cut River Bridge State Roadside Park, take a tour of Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, then enjoy the sea views from Wawatam Lighthouse, and finally shop like a local with Fort de Baude Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Saint Ignace driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Saint Ignace takes 2 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Saint Ignace, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Cut River Bridge State Roadside Park, Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises
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Wawatam Lighthouse ©
Wawatam Lighthouse
Fort de Baude Museum ©
Fort de Baude Museum

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Trinity Church, contemplate the long history of Biddle House, look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop, make a trip to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!, then contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Jewel Golf Course and then see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip planner.

Mackinac Island is just a stone's throw from Saint Ignace. August in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Golf Historic Sites Outdoors
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Island House Bike Shop ©
Island House Bike Shop
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Fort Holmes ©
Fort Holmes

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