9 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

9 days in Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Drive
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Saint Ignace
— 1 night
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
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Paradise
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 1 night
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Saint Ignace

— 1 night
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): wander the wide-open spaces of Deer Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, then get great views at Castle Rock, and then make a trip to Soo Locks.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Saint Ignace trip planner.

Kalamazoo to Saint Ignace is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Kalamazoo in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Saint Ignace: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Mackinac Island.

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 19th (Sun), make a trip to Trinity Church, look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, trot along with a tour on horseback, then explore and take pictures at Fort Mackinac, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Biddle House.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island vacation maker app.

Traveling by ferry from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Paradise

— 1 night
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paradise trip website.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature · Parks · Museums

Munising

— 3 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Bring the kids along to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Miners Castle Rock. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Miner's Beach, and stroll through Sand Point Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Munising trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Paradise to Munising by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ontonagon

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Porcupine Mountains State Park and then go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ontonagon trip planner.

You can drive from Munising to Ontonagon in 3 hours. In July in Ontonagon, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Outdoors · Trails · Nature · Parks

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.