8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h
1
Sault Ste. Marie
— Few hours
bus + ferry:  3​h 45​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h
3
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Marquette
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

few
hours
Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie
Sault Ste. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Tower of History, then make a trip to Soo Locks, and then visit a coastal fixture at USDA Iroquois Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sault Ste. Marie sightseeing planner .

Minneapolis to Sault Ste. Marie is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in June, with highs in Sault Ste. Marie at 72°F and lows at 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Tower of History ©
Tower of History
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 8th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Mackinac, then stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, and finally steep yourself in history at Biddle House. Keep things going the next day: play a few rounds at Wawashkamo Golf Club, then make a trip to Fort Holmes, then tee off at Jewel Golf Course, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Sault Ste. Marie to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sault Ste. Marie in June: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Golf Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

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night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paradise trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Whitefish Point Light ©
Whitefish Point Light

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 11th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Munising driving holiday planner .

Drive from Paradise to Munising in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. June in Munising sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

2
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cognition Brewing Company, then examine the collection at Michigan Iron Industry Museum, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Lakenenland Sculpture Park, take a stroll through Downtown Marquette, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blackrocks Brewery, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Marquette route site .

You can drive from Munising to Marquette in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Marquette can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ishpeming, Michigan Iron Industry Museum
Highlights from your plan
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Michigan Iron Industry Museum ©
Michigan Iron Industry Museum

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