10 days in Michigan Itinerary

10 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Drive
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New Buffalo
— 1 day
Drive
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Muskegon
— 1 night
Drive
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Ludington
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Petoskey
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Chicago Midway

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New Buffalo

— 1 day
New Buffalo is a city in Berrien County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Michigan City Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at New Buffalo Public Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the New Buffalo trip itinerary maker tool.

Chicago to New Buffalo is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Chicago in July, New Buffalo is slightly colder at night with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Muskegon.

Things to do in New Buffalo

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Muskegon

— 1 night
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): steep yourself in history at USS LST 393, enjoy the sand and surf at Pere Marquette Park, and then contemplate the long history of Hackley and Hume Historic Site.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Muskegon sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from New Buffalo to Muskegon takes 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from New Buffalo to Muskegon is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Muskegon

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Ludington

— 1 night
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Stearns Park, and then enjoy the sea views from Ludington North Breakwater Light.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ludington trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Muskegon to Ludington takes an hour. In July in Ludington, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

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 Fishtown and Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort (about 50 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Chateau Grand Traverse Winery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Right Brain Brewery, kick back and relax at Clinch Park, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Traverse City vacation maker.

You can drive from Ludington to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Petoskey

— 2 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the striking features of Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Castle Farms, grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cross In The Woods National Shrine.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Petoskey trip maker app.

Getting from Traverse City to Petoskey by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Traverse City in July: highs in Petoskey hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Petoskey

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 23rd (Tue), make a trip to Trinity Church, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then tee off at Jewel Golf Course, and finally step off the mainland to explore Eagle Point Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and then visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Petoskey to Mackinac Island in 3 hours. In July in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Golf · Outdoors · Parks

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.