10 days in Michigan Itinerary

10 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly to MBS International Airport, Drive to Traverse City
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 2 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Empire Bluff Trail and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Escape the urban bustle at Clinch Park and Lake Michigan Beach Park. Take a break from Traverse City with a short trip to Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail in Glen Arbor, about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: stop by Cherry Republic of Traverse City, learn about winemaking at Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room, sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Traverse City trip maker.

Stuttgart, Germany to Traverse City is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Stuttgart to Traverse City is minus 6 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Wineries · Beaches

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): tee off at Jewel Golf Course, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally make a trip to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. While traveling from Traverse City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Golf

Mackinaw City

— 3 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Do some cultural sightseeing at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises. Bring the kids along to Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc. and Straits State Park. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Mackinaw Bridge Museum, get a taste of life in the country at Deer Ranch, enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and get great views at Castle Rock.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinaw City trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City in an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.