9 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

9 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Fly
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Marquette
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint Ignace
— 1 night
Ferry
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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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Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive

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Marquette

— 1 night
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Ore Dock Brewing Company has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park and then get a taste of local nightlife at Ore Dock Brewing Company. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, take in the dramatic scenery at Yellow Dog Falls, and then explore the galleries of Lakenenland Sculpture Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Marquette trip builder tool.

Minneapolis to Marquette is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis to Marquette, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in September, things will get a bit cooler in Marquette: highs are around 68°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Munising Falls and then walk around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then stop by Open Wings Pottery & Gallery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), and finally try for a hole-in-one at Miners Falls Mini Golf.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Munising vacation builder tool.

Getting from Marquette to Munising by car takes about 1.5 hours. September in Munising sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Saint Ignace

— 1 night
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Indian Village, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, stop by Mackinac Fudge Shop, then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, then walk around Bridge View Park, and finally get great views at Castle Rock.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Ignace trip planning app.

Getting from Munising to Saint Ignace by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Biddle House, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island vacation planning tool.

Getting from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island by ferry takes about an hour. September in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Paradise

— 1 night
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 18th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paradise road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Mackinac Island in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Paradise, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature · Parks · Museums

Ontonagon

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company and then admire the sheer force of Bond Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Main Overlook, explore the activities along Lake of the Clouds, and then take a peaceful walk through Porcupine Mountains State Park.

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

Drive from Paradise to Ontonagon in 5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Ontonagon can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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.