10 days in Michigan Itinerary

10 days in Michigan Itinerary

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10 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Manistique
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Alpena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Empire
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Omaha

3
nights
Manistique

Manistique ©
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Palms Book State Park and Seul Choix Point Lighthouse. Get in touch with nature at Tannery Falls and Fayette Historic State Park. Explore Manistique's surroundings by going to Autrain Falls (in Au Train) and Munising (Wagner Falls, Chapel Rock and Beach, & more). It doesn't end there: hike along The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Manistique road trip planning tool .

Omaha to Manistique is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Omaha in April, expect Manistique to be a bit cooler, temps between 43°F and 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Alpena.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Munising, Fayette Historic State Park, Autrain Falls, Seul Choix Point Lighthouse
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Seul Choix Point Lighthouse ©
Seul Choix Point Lighthouse
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park

3
nights
Alpena

Alpena ©
Alpena is a city in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and New Presque Isle Lighthouse. Your inner history buff will appreciate 40 Mile Point Lighthouse and Old Presque Isle Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alpena: Sturgeon Point Light House (in Harrisville), Coopersville Old West Town (in Lewiston) and Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Island Park & Wildlife Sanctuary and admire the majestic nature at Hartwick Pines State Park.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Alpena travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Manistique to Alpena in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Manistique in May, expect nights in Alpena to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Alpena

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Presque Isle, Coopersville Old West Town, 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, Hartwick Pines State Park, Cross In The Woods National Shrine
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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary ©
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Hartwick Pines State Park
Hartwick Pines State Park

3
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Empire Bluff Trail and Point Betsie Lighthouse. Visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Carlson's Fishery will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Ludington (Ludington North Breakwater Light & Big Sable Point Lighthouse), Manistee (Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse & S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia) and Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum (in Northport). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fishtown and stop by The Cottage Book Shop.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Empire attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Alpena to Empire takes 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Empire are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Empire

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ludington, Leland, Manistee, The Cottage Book Shop, Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum
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Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Carlson's Fishery ©
Carlson's Fishery

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