8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  6​h
1
Manistique
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Saint Ignace
— 1 night
ferry:  15​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  2​h
4
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
Manistique

Manistique ©
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Manistique road trip planner .

Chicago to Manistique is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Manistique due to the time zone difference. In August, Manistique is little chillier than Chicago - with highs of 72°F and lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fayette Historic State Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park

1
night
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): kick back and relax at Emmet County Beach 1 Mackinaw City, then see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., then stroll around Colonial Michilimackinac, and finally take in the views from Mackinac Bridge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Saint Ignace trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Manistique to Saint Ignace by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Saint Ignace sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mackinaw City
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Colonial Michilimackinac ©
Colonial Michilimackinac
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 5th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island trip planner .

Mackinac Island is just a short distance from Saint Ignace. In August in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

1
night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 6th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paradise road trip planning website .

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. Traveling from Mackinac Island in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Paradise, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums
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Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

2
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. On the 7th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Bond Falls. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake of the Clouds and then take a peaceful walk through Porcupine Mountains State Park.

For ratings and other tourist information, use the Ontonagon road trip app .

You can drive from Paradise to Ontonagon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August in Ontonagon, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Trails
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Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park

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