10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Fort Wayne
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Empire
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
3
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Petoskey
— 1 night
bus + ferry:  2​h 15​min
5
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h
6
Paradise
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Saint Ignace
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
End: Fort Wayne

1
night
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids
The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Grand Rapids road trip planning tool .

Fort Wayne to Grand Rapids is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. July in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 61°F at night. On the 20th (Sat), you'll travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Outdoors Parks Tours

few
hours
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Empire trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Empire in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Grand Rapids in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Empire, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, Front Street, Cherry Republic of Traverse City, and other attractions. Attractions like Clinch Park and Sunset Park make great kid-friendly stops.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Traverse City trip planner.

Drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Tue) before leaving for Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©
Cherry Republic of Traverse City ©
Cherry Republic of Traverse City

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night
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): stop by Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen and then immerse yourself in nature at Petoskey State Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Petoskey tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Petoskey takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Traverse City in July, expect nights in Petoskey to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Petoskey State Park
Petoskey State Park
Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen ©
Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen

3
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then expand your understanding of the military at Fort Mackinac, and then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island vacation maker site .

Getting from Petoskey to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Golf
Highlights from your plan
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

few
hours
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Paradise trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Mackinac Island in July since evenings lows in Paradise dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

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night
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stop by JoAnn's Fudge.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Saint Ignace using our trip planner.

You can drive from Paradise to Saint Ignace in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 58°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Shopping

Side Trip

JoAnn's Fudge
Highlights from your plan
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge

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