10 days in Michigan Itinerary

10 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan journey planner

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Make it your trip
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Mackinaw City
Drive
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Munising
— 3 nights
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Wine Tours & Tastings as well as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Traverse City road trip planner.

Chicago to Traverse City is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Chicago in May since evenings lows in Traverse City dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 3 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Jack's Livery Stable as well as Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island. Step out of the city life by going to Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and Eagle Point Cave. Visit Fort Holmes and Trinity Church for their historical value. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and make a trip to Liberty Lego Display.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in May, you will find days in Mackinac Island are slightly colder (58°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mackinaw City holiday builder tool.

You can ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Mackinaw City are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. On the 13th (Thu), you'll travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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. Get in touch with nature at Seney National Wildlife Refuge and Tannery Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laughing Whitefish Falls and Au Train Falls. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Chapel Falls, delve into the lush surroundings at Hiawatha National Forest, enjoy the sand and surf at Miner's Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Munising trip site.

Traveling by car from Mackinaw City to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 40°F. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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.