9 days in Upper Peninsula & Nashville Itinerary

9 days in Upper Peninsula & Nashville Itinerary

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
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Paradise
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marquette
— 1 night
Fly
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Fly

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 27th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Biddle House, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mackinac Island itinerary website.

New York City to Mackinac Island is an approximately 8.5-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 New York City in July, expect Mackinac Island to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

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Paradise

Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 28th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, then get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Paradise vacation planner.

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 July, plan for slightly colder nights in Paradise, with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums · Parks · Nature

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Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, look for gifts at Open Wings Pottery & Gallery, then stroll through 12-Mile Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Munising online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Paradise to Munising by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle. In July in Munising, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Marquette

Marquette is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, and then wander the streets of Downtown Marquette.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Marquette online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Munising to Marquette in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

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Nashville

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Lotz House Museum. Bring the kids along to Grand Ole Opry and Downtown Nashville. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, see the interesting displays at Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville, admire the striking features of The Parthenon, and steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nashville trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Marquette to Nashville takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, Nashville is a bit warmer than Marquette - with highs of 89°F and lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

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.