9 days in Upper Peninsula & Traverse City Itinerary

9 days in Upper Peninsula & Traverse City Itinerary

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9 days in Upper Peninsula & Traverse City Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
1
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  2​h
3
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  15​min
4
Saint Ignace
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Kalamazoo

2
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Munising

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 20th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Munising day trip planning tool .

Kalamazoo to Munising is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kalamazoo in May, with highs in Munising at 59°F and lows at 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

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night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 23rd (Thu), see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paradise trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Munising to Paradise in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car. May in Paradise sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums
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Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Biddle House, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Keep things going the next day: stop by Caddywampus, make a trip to Fort Holmes, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip app .

Getting from Paradise to Mackinac Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in May, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

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Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, explore the galleries of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then walk around Colonial Michilimackinac, and finally snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Ignace trip site .

Saint Ignace is just a stone's throw from Mackinac Island. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mackinaw City
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Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Colonial Michilimackinac ©
Colonial Michilimackinac

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Traverse City

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, then explore and take pictures at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then take in the exciting artwork at Michigan Artists Gallery. Keep things going the next day: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, then look for gifts at American Spoon, and finally make a trip to Front Street.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Saint Ignace to Traverse City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saint Ignace in May: highs in Traverse City hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Empire
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©

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