11 days in Michigan & Washington DC Itinerary

11 days in Michigan & Washington DC Itinerary

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11 days in Michigan & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  26​h
1
Ontonagon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Petoskey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hart
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Empire
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  4​h 45​min
5
Washington DC
— 2 nights
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Beijing

1
night
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Porcupine Mountains State Park and then explore the activities along Lake of the Clouds.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ontonagon trip planner .

Beijing, China to Ontonagon is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Beijing to Ontonagon due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Beijing in May, plan for much colder days in Ontonagon, with highs around 17°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature Parks Trails
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Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park

2
nights
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at The Oden State Fish Hatchery, then view the masterpieces at Three Pines Studio, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway. On the next day, take a stroll around Bay View Association, look for gifts at Good Hart General Store, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Petoskey online road trip planner .

Getting from Ontonagon to Petoskey by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Hart.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Three Pines Studio, Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area, The Oden State Fish Hatchery, Good Hart General Store
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Three Pines Studio ©
Three Pines Studio
Good Hart General Store ©
Good Hart General Store

1
night
Hart

Hart ©
Hart is a city in the U.S. On the 15th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail, do a tasting at The Fox Barn Winery, and then kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hart online day trip planner .

You can drive from Petoskey to Hart in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Hart

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

The Fox Barn Winery
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Silver Lake State Park ©
Silver Lake State Park
The Fox Barn Winery ©
The Fox Barn Winery

2
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, learn about winemaking at Chateau Fontaine, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Empire Bluff Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery, then look for gifts at Wee Bee Jammin', and finally identify plant and animal life at Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Empire travel route planner.

You can drive from Hart to Empire in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Empire can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve, Chateau Fontaine, Wee Bee Jammin'
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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail ©
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
Chateau Fontaine ©
Chateau Fontaine

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
On the 18th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, then view the masterpieces at Madame Tussauds DC, then see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and finally explore the activities along Tidal Basin. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway from Empire to Washington DC in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Empire in May, expect Washington DC to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Nature Parks
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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