10 days in Michigan Itinerary

10 days in Michigan Itinerary

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10 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
New Buffalo
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Muskegon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Ludington
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Petoskey
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  2​h 15​min
6
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
day
New Buffalo

New Buffalo
New Buffalo is a city in Berrien County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): kick back and relax at Michigan City Beach and then kick back and relax at New Buffalo Public Beach.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the New Buffalo online trip itinerary builder .

Chicago to New Buffalo is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Chicago in July since evenings lows in New Buffalo dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Muskegon.

Things to do in New Buffalo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Michigan City Beach

1
night
Muskegon

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

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Muskegon online day trip planner .

Getting from New Buffalo to Muskegon by car takes about 2 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. July in Muskegon sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Muskegon

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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USS LST 393 ©
USS LST 393

1
night
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, and then enjoy the sea views from Ludington North Breakwater Light.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ludington travel planner .

You can drive from Muskegon to Ludington in 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 Parks Beaches
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Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Clinch Park and Chateau Grand Traverse Winery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum and Fishtown. When in Traverse City, make a side trip to see Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort, approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, sample the tasty concoctions at Right Brain Brewery, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Traverse City online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Ludington to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 59°F. 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 Parks

Side Trips

Point Betsie Lighthouse, Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, Fishtown
Highlights from your plan
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery ©
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery
Bowers Harbor Vineyards ©
Bowers Harbor Vineyards
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum ©
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

2
nights
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, then take a stroll through Historic Gaslight District, and then steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castle Farms, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cross In The Woods National Shrine.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Petoskey trip planner .

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Petoskey takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Traverse City in July, you will find days in Petoskey are little chillier (75°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Petoskey

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Charlevoix, Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, Cross In The Woods National Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Castle Farms ©
Castle Farms

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then tee off at Jewel Golf Course, and finally Head underground at Eagle Point Cave. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and then visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse.

Planning Mackinac Island trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Petoskey to Mackinac Island takes 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites Golf Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Round Island Lighthouse ©
Round Island Lighthouse

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