8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Fly to Traverse City, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Saint Ignace
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 3 nights
Drive
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Copper Harbor
— 1 night
Drive to Houghton County Memorial Airport, Fly to General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 22nd (Tue), make a trip to Trinity Church, stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Jewel Golf Course, examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, then make a trip to Fort Holmes, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

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Peoria to Mackinac Island is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Peoria to Mackinac Island. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Peoria in September, with highs in Mackinac Island at 67°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): examine the collection at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, immerse yourself in nature at Straits State Park, then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Deer Ranch.

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Getting from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace by ferry takes about an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Nature · Museums

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Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Palms Book State Park and Chapel Rock and Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sand Point Beach and Sable Falls. Change things up with a short trip to The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk in Manistique (about 54 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Tannery Falls, stop by Open Wings Pottery & Gallery, paddle through the water with Pictured Rocks Kayaking, and take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

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You can drive from Saint Ignace to Munising in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Munising sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the activities along Haven Waterfalls and Park, identify plant and animal life at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary, then admire the sheer force of Manganese Falls, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Fort Wilkins State Park.

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You can drive from Munising to Copper Harbor in 5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Copper Harbor are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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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.