9 days in Upper Peninsula, Mackinaw City & Sturgeon Bay Itinerary

9 days in Upper Peninsula, Mackinaw City & Sturgeon Bay Itinerary

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9 days in Upper Peninsula, Mackinaw City & Sturgeon Bay Itinerary

Start: Columbus
+3
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Ferry:  7​h 15​min
1
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  30​min
2
Mackinaw City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Sault Ste. Marie
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Munising
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Hancock
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Copper Harbor
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Sturgeon Bay
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Columbus

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night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 26th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Biddle House, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip website .

Columbus to Mackinac Island is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, Mackinac Island is a bit cooler than Columbus - with highs of 72°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., get engrossed in the history at Mackinaw Bridge Museum, then stop by JoAnn's Fudge, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Mackinaw City route planning site .

Mackinaw City is very close to Mackinac Island. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Museum of Ojibwa Culture
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Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©
Museum of Ojibwa Culture ©
Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Mackinaw Bridge Museum ©
Mackinaw Bridge Museum

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Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie
Sault Ste. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Iroquois Lighthouse, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tower of History, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Museum Ship Valley Camp.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Sault Ste. Marie trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mackinaw City to Sault Ste. Marie by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Point Iroquois Lighthouse
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Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Museum Ship Valley Camp ©
Museum Ship Valley Camp
Tower of History ©
Tower of History

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Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, then explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paradise trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sault Ste. Marie to Paradise takes 1.5 hours. August in Paradise sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

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

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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 30th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Chapel Falls, and finally explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Munising journey maker site .

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 August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hancock.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach
Chapel Rock and Beach ©
Chapel Rock and Beach
Spray Falls ©
Spray Falls

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Hancock

Hancock ©
Hancock is a city in Houghton County, Michigan, United States and is located on Copper Island, which is part of the Keweenaw Peninsula, on the Keweenaw Waterway directly opposite Houghton, Michigan. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): go deep underground at Quincy Mine, see the interesting displays at Mineral Museum of Michigan, admire the engineering at Hungarian Falls, then walk around McLain State Park, and finally stop by Copper World.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hancock day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Munising to Hancock takes 3 hours. In August in Hancock, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Hancock

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Mineral Museum of Michigan, Hungarian Falls, Copper World
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Quincy Mine ©
Quincy Mine
Mineral Museum of Michigan ©
Mineral Museum of Michigan
McLain State Park ©
McLain State Park

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Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, and then admire the majestic nature at Fort Wilkins State Park.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Copper Harbor itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Hancock to Copper Harbor in 1.5 hours. August in Copper Harbor sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Sturgeon Bay.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fort Wilkins State Park ©
Fort Wilkins State Park

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Sturgeon Bay

Sturgeon Bay ©
Sturgeon Bay is a city in and the county seat of Door County, Wisconsin, United States. On the 2nd (Mon), look for gifts at Door County Dog Store, then view the masterpieces at Edgewood Orchard Galleries, then get engrossed in the history at Door County Historical Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Door County Maritime Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sturgeon Bay day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Copper Harbor to Sturgeon Bay takes 5.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Copper Harbor to Sturgeon Bay is minus 1 hour. In September in Sturgeon Bay, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sturgeon Bay

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Edgewood Orchard Galleries
Highlights from your plan
Door County Maritime Museum ©
Door County Maritime Museum
Door County Historical Museum ©
Door County Historical Museum
Edgewood Orchard Galleries ©
Edgewood Orchard Galleries

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