9 days in Traverse City & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

9 days in Traverse City & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Drive
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
3
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive
4
Munising
— 2 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Detroit

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3
nights
Traverse City

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Take a break from the city and head to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Wildwood Rush Zip Line Canopy Tour. Explore Traverse City's surroundings by going to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive (in Empire), Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart) and Little Traverse Wheelway (in Petoskey). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a taste of the local shopping with John Cross Fisheries, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and view the masterpieces at Michigan Artists Gallery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Traverse City attractions planner.

Detroit to Traverse City is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In August in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Eagle Point Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then contemplate the long history of Trinity Church, then discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, and finally stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in August, you will find days in Mackinac Island are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

1
night
Paradise

Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, and then admire the majestic nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paradise sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Mackinac Island in August, expect little chillier with lows of 53°F in Paradise. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums · Parks · Nature

2
nights
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 28th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and then take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Munising trip planner.

Drive from Paradise to Munising in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Upper Peninsula travel guide

4.7
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.