8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

8 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Fly to Sault Ste Marie, Taxi to Kinross, MI, Bus to Saint Ignace
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Saint Ignace
— 1 day
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
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Paradise
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 1 night
Drive

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Saint Ignace

— 1 day
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, view the masterpieces at Fort de Baude Museum, then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, and finally take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Saint Ignace trip maker site.

Minneapolis to Saint Ignace is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Saint Ignace due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in August; daily highs in Saint Ignace reach 72°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Museums · Shopping

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Eagle Point Cave, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, and finally see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island in an hour. In August in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites

Paradise

— 1 night
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paradise trip builder site.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Mackinac Island in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Paradise, with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature · Parks · Museums

Munising

— 3 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Change things up with these side-trips from Munising: Marquette (Sugarloaf Mountain, Presque Isle Park, &more). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the sheer force of Spray Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, and get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Munising trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Munising are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Ontonagon

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company, admire the sheer force of Bond Falls, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ontonagon trip itinerary app.

Getting from Munising to Ontonagon by car takes about 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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.