10 days in Michigan Itinerary

10 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Drive
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New Buffalo
— 1 day
Drive
2
Detroit
— 1 day
Drive
3
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
4
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
5
Saint Ignace
— 1 night
Drive
6
Munising
— 3 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Chicago O'Hare

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New Buffalo

— 1 day
New Buffalo is a city in Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Lighthouse & Pier, then stroll around Washington Park Zoo, and then walk around Galien River County Park.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the New Buffalo trip planner.

Chicago to New Buffalo is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Chicago in July since evenings lows in New Buffalo dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in New Buffalo

Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Detroit

— 1 day

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally see where the action happens at Comerica Park.

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Traveling by car from New Buffalo to Detroit takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from New Buffalo in July, Detroit is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums

Side Trip

Traverse City

— 2 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): hike along Empire Bluff Trail, explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Lake Ann Brewing Company. On the next day, grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, then contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Traverse Bay, and then contemplate the long history of Fishtown.

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Traveling by car from Detroit to Traverse City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Traverse City when traveling from Detroit in July, with lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 19th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Biddle House, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop, make a trip to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, then don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island day trip planning app.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in July, plan for slightly colder days in Mackinac Island, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Saint Ignace

— 1 night
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, walk around Bridge View Park, then see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Saint Ignace road trip planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace in an hour. July in Saint Ignace sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Munising

— 3 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Step off the beaten path and head to Sand Point Beach and Wagner Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munising: Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park). Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock and putt your heart out at Miners Falls Mini Golf.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Munising online travel planner.

Drive from Saint Ignace to Munising in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Michigan travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.

Upper Peninsula travel guide

4.7
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.