10 days in Michigan Itinerary

10 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner

Make it your trip
— 1 night
Drive to Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport, Fly to Houghton County Memorial Airport, Drive to Copper Harbor
Copper Harbor
— 1 day
Traverse City
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit



— 1 night
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): examine the collection at USS Silversides Submarine Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pere Marquette Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): steep yourself in history at USS LST 393, enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Muskegon trip planner.

Detroit to Muskegon is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In July in Muskegon, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Muskegon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Copper Harbor

— 1 day
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. On the 14th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary, visit a coastal fixture at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, and then enjoy the sea views from Fort Wilkins State Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Copper Harbor trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Muskegon to Copper Harbor. Traveling from Muskegon in July, expect Copper Harbor to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

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Highlights from your trip

Traverse City

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery and Bowers Harbor Vineyards. Get a sense of the local culture at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Fishtown. Venture out of the city with trips to Empire Bluff Trail (in Empire), Point Betsie Lighthouse (in Frankfort) and Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor (in Glen Arbor). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Chateau Grand Traverse Winery, stroll through Clinch Park, and kick back and relax at Sunset Park.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Copper Harbor to Traverse City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Copper Harbor in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Traverse City, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips


— 2 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castle Farms, then wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District, and then immerse yourself in nature at Petoskey State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cross In The Woods National Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Petoskey travel planner.

Getting from Traverse City to Petoskey by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Traverse City in July, you will find days in Petoskey are a bit cooler (75°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Petoskey

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Biddle House, look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island online travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Petoskey to Mackinac Island in 3 hours. In July in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites

Michigan travel guide

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.