9 days in Upper Peninsula & Mackinaw City Itinerary

9 days in Upper Peninsula & Mackinaw City Itinerary

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Marais
— 1 night
Drive
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Copper Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marquette
— 1 night
Fly

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Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Take a break from the city and head to Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and Great Turtle Kayak Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Fort Holmes and Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!. The adventure continues: tee off at Jewel Golf Course, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, step off the mainland to explore Eagle Point Cave, and identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island travel planning site.

Detroit to Mackinac Island is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Detroit in June, expect Mackinac Island to be a bit cooler, temps between 67°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Mackinaw City

— 2 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., take an in-depth tour of Mackinaw Bridge Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and finally admire the majestic nature at Straits State Park. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Heritage Village at Mackinaw, look for all kinds of wild species at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, do a tasting at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mackinaw Trail Winery & Brewery, then learn about winemaking at Walloon Lake Winery, and finally sample the fine beverages at Burnt Marshmallow Brewing.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinaw City trip builder website.

Traveling by ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City takes an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Museums · Wineries · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Grand Marais

— 1 night
Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): make a trip to Au Sable Light Station, then take in the pleasant sights at Log Slide Overlook, and then get outside with Sable Falls.

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You can drive from Mackinaw City to Grand Marais in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Grand Marais can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Outdoors

Copper Harbor

— 2 nights
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary, take in the dramatic scenery at Manganese Falls, then enjoy the sea views from Fort Wilkins State Park, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Copper Harbor Bike Trail System. Keep things going the next day: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Delaware Copper MineTours, explore the galleries of Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, then look for gifts at The Jampot, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Haven Waterfalls and Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Copper Harbor online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Grand Marais to Copper Harbor takes 5 hours. When traveling from Grand Marais in June, plan for little chillier days in Copper Harbor, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marquette.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Marquette

— 1 night
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. On the 15th (Tue), examine the collection at Michigan Iron Industry Museum, then relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy, then examine the collection at Marquette Maritime Museum, and finally visit Downtown Marquette.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Marquette driving holiday planner.

Getting from Copper Harbor to Marquette by car takes about 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Museums · Neighborhoods

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.