9 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

9 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Upper Peninsula vacation planner
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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry
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Saint Ignace
— 1 night
Drive
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Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marquette
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 1 night
Drive

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Mackinac Island — 1 night

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac and then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then add some adventure to your tour with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

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

Madison to Mackinac Island is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madison to Mackinac Island due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Madison in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Mackinac Island, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.
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Tours · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Saint Ignace — 1 night

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along Huron Boardwalk, then get great views at Castle Rock, and then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Ignace trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace in an hour. October in Saint Ignace sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paradise.
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Paradise — 2 nights

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. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and then look and learn at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paradise road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Saint Ignace to Paradise takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Saint Ignace in October since evenings lows in Paradise dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marquette.
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Museums · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums

Marquette — 1 night

Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stop by Downtown Marquette, then stroll around Presque Isle Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Marquette vacation app.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Marquette takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in October, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Munising.
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Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Munising — 2 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and then take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls. On your second day here, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Munising trip planner.

Drive from Marquette to Munising in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Munising are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Ontonagon.
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Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Ontonagon — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): hike along Porcupine Mountains State Park and then explore the activities along Presque Isle River.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ontonagon journey builder site.

You can drive from Munising to Ontonagon in 3 hours. In October in Ontonagon, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
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Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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Waterfalls · State Parks · Geologic Formations
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.
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