10 days in Michigan Itinerary

10 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Traverse City
— 1 night
Drive
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Petoskey
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
— 1 day
Drive
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Marquette
— 1 night
Drive to Manitowoc, Ferry to Ludington
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Ludington
— 1 night
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Traverse City

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, hike along Empire Bluff Trail, and then steep yourself in history at Fishtown. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clinch Park, then shop like a local with Northern Latitudes Distillery, and then hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City tour planner.

Belleville to Traverse City is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Belleville to Traverse City is 1 hour. In September, Traverse City is little chillier than Belleville - with highs of 74°F and lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Petoskey

— 2 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Castle Farms, then stroll through Little Traverse Wheelway, and then wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Petoskey State Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Petoskey tour builder website.

Getting from Traverse City to Petoskey by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Petoskey

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): play a few rounds at Jewel Golf Course, make a trip to Fort Holmes, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Petoskey to Mackinac Island takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors · Golf · Tours · Historic Sites

Munising

— 1 day
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 12th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Chapel Rock and Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Munising trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Marquette

— 1 night
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): wander the streets of Downtown Marquette, get a taste of the local shopping with Lakenenland Sculpture Park, then relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Marquette online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Munising to Marquette in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Munising in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Marquette, with lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Ludington.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Ludington

— 1 night
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light, then visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, then stroll around Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and finally look for gifts at The Jam Farm. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Stearns Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Father Jacques Marquette Shrine.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ludington tour planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Marquette to Ludington takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Ludington can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.