8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  2​h
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Munising
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Manistique
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Marquette
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paradise trip itinerary maker app .

Washington DC to Paradise is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, flight, and car; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in August; daily highs in Paradise reach 73°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

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

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 12th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Biddle House, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Paradise in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Mackinac Island, with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

1
night
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, then admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Munising road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manistique.

Things to do in Munising

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

1
night
Manistique

Manistique
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): look for gifts at The Mustard Seed, take in the exciting artwork at Lake Effect Art Gallery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Palms Book State Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring).

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Manistique route app .

You can drive from Munising to Manistique in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Manistique

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Lake Effect Art Gallery ©
Lake Effect Art Gallery

1
night
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain and then immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Marquette sightseeing tool .

Drive from Manistique to Marquette in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Marquette are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

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