11 days in Michigan Itinerary

11 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan travel route planner

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Tawas City
— 1 day
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Alpena
— 2 nights
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Rogers City
— 2 nights
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Mackinaw City
— 4 nights
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Mears
— 2 nights
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Tawas City

— 1 day
Tawas City is a city along Lake Huron in the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Lumberman's Monument Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Tawas Point Lighthouse, and then admire the majestic nature at Tawas Point State Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tawas City visit planning tool.

Detroit to Tawas City is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Traveling from Detroit in July, expect little chillier with lows of 57°F in Tawas City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Alpena.

Things to do in Tawas City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Alpena

— 2 nights
Alpena is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Alpena County. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, then look and learn at Besser Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Island Park & Wildlife Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at New Presque Isle Lighthouse, learn about winemaking at Thunder Bay Winery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Starlite Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Alpena tour builder.

Getting from Tawas City to Alpena by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rogers City.

Things to do in Alpena

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Rogers City

— 2 nights
Rogers City is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at P.H. Hoeft State Park, visit a coastal fixture at 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, then brush up on your military savvy at Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum, and finally walk around Lakeside Park. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Knaebe's Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm & Cider Mill, then admire the majestic nature at Onaway State Park, then tee off at Black Lake Golf Club, and finally stroll around Awakon Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rogers City trip planner.

Getting from Alpena to Rogers City by car takes about an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Rogers City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mackinaw City

— 4 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. Get out of town with these interesting Mackinaw City side-trips: Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River) and Grayling (Wellington Farm, Kayaking & Canoeing, &more). Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Headlands International Dark Sky Park. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park, get engrossed in the history at Mackinaw Bridge Museum, and see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc..

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinaw City trip planning website.

Getting from Rogers City to Mackinaw City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mackinaw City can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Mears.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Mears

— 2 nights
Golden Township is a civil township of Oceana County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then see Off-Road Tours. On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Silver Lake State Park, relax in the rural setting at Country Dairy, then ride a horse along Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Fetch Brewing Company.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mears visit planner.

Getting from Mackinaw City to Mears by car takes about 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Mears are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Mears

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

4.7
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.

Cheboygan County travel guide

4.3
Lighthouses · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites