10 days in Michigan Itinerary

10 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan attractions planner

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Traverse City
— 3 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Mackinaw City
— 3 nights


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.
On the 6th (Tue), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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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 difference when traveling from Chicago to Traverse City is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in April, things will get a bit cooler in Traverse City: highs are around 51°F and lows about 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 3 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Fort Holmes and Trinity Church will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Arch Rock and Great Turtle Kayak Tours. There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, look for gifts at The Big Store, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, and identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island: temperatures range from 42°F by day to 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinaw City online journey planner.

Traveling by ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City takes an hour. April in Mackinaw City sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 30°F at night. You will leave for Munising on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature


— 3 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Au Train Falls and Miner's Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Chapel Falls and Miners Castle Rock. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Grand Marais (Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum, Sable Falls, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls and take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Munising online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mackinaw City to Munising in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. April in Munising sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 29°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.