9 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

9 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula trip planner

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paradise
— 1 night
Drive
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Marquette
— 3 nights
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Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, take in the local highlights with Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, then 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.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary planner.

Fort Lauderdale to Mackinac Island is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, bus, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in August, you will find days in Mackinac Island are little chillier (72°F), and nights are colder (59°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Saint Ignace

— 2 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Museum Ship Valley Camp, stroll around Bridge View Park, and then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then admire the landmark architecture of Indian Village, then make a trip to Soo Locks, and finally view the masterpieces at Riverstone Gallery.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Ignace trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Saint Ignace are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): 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 more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paradise trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Saint Ignace to Paradise in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Saint Ignace in August, plan for little chillier nights in Paradise, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums · Parks · Nature

Marquette

— 3 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Venture out of the city with trips to Munising (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising Falls, &more). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park, experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy, take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, and view the masterpieces at Lakenenland Sculpture Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Marquette journey maker website.

You can drive from Paradise to Marquette in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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.