10 days in Mackinac Island, Charlevoix & Traverse City Itinerary

10 days in Mackinac Island, Charlevoix & Traverse City Itinerary

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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
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Charlevoix
— 3 nights
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Traverse City
— 3 nights

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. You'll explore and learn at Fort Mackinac and The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St Anne's Catholic Church and Trinity Church. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, and look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island online tour itinerary builder.

Detroit to Mackinac Island is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Detroit in July; daily highs in Mackinac Island reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Charlevoix.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

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Charlevoix

Charlevoix ©
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and Charlevoix South Pier Light Station. Visit Michigan Beach Park and Depot Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Charlevoix to go to Mackinaw City and see McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway, browse the fresh offerings at John Cross Fisheries, make a trip to Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, and explore the historical opulence of Castle Farms.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Charlevoix vacation builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mackinac Island to Charlevoix. In July, daytime highs in Charlevoix are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Petoskey, Mackinaw City
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Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site ©
McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site

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Traverse City

Traverse City ©
Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
You'll explore and learn at Dennos Museum Center and Music House Museum. Get in touch with nature at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Boat Tours & Water Sports. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Front Street, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and shop like a local with Michigan Artists Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip builder.

Traveling by car from Charlevoix to Traverse City takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Music House Museum, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Music House Museum ©
Music House Museum

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