10 days in Michigan Itinerary

10 days in Michigan Itinerary

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10 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Janesville
car:  19​h
1
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  2​h 15​min
2
Petoskey
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Mears
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Janesville


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2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 16th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, then contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, and finally tee off at Jewel Golf Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, then stop by Island House Bike Shop, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mackinac Island trip itinerary planner .

Janesville to Mackinac Island is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Janesville to Mackinac Island due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Janesville in May, with highs in Mackinac Island at 58°F and lows at 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Jewel Golf Course ©
Jewel Golf Course
Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church

2
nights
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. On the 18th (Mon), take a stroll through Historic Gaslight District, steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, and then examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine, then admire the majestic nature at Petoskey State Park, then identify plant and animal life at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Petoskey day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Petoskey are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Mackinaw City, Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, Cross In The Woods National Shrine
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Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Cross In The Woods National Shrine

3
nights
Traverse City

Traverse City ©
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.
Family-friendly places like Clinch Park and Kayaking & Canoeing will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and Empire Bluff Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: Fishtown (in Leland) and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (in Empire). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Bowers Harbor Vineyards and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip tool .

Getting from Petoskey to Traverse City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Mears.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Empire, Fishtown, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Bowers Harbor Vineyards ©
Bowers Harbor Vineyards

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nights
Mears

Mears ©
Golden Township is a civil township of Oceana County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, explore and take pictures at Country Dairy, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pere Marquette Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Lake State Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mears trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Traverse City to Mears in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Mears are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mears

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ludington, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, Country Dairy, Pere Marquette Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Country Dairy ©
Country Dairy

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