11 days in Michigan Itinerary

11 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan tour 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 15th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Lumberman's Monument Park, then enjoy the sea views from Tawas Point Lighthouse, and then admire the majestic nature at Tawas Point State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tawas City road trip planning app.

Detroit to Tawas City is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Detroit in May; daily highs in Tawas City reach 65°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Alpena.

Things to do in Tawas City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Alpena

— 2 nights
Alpena is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Alpena County. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, then identify plant and animal life 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, then learn about winemaking at Thunder Bay Winery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Starlite Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Alpena travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tawas City to Alpena in 1.5 hours. In May in Alpena, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Rogers City.

Things to do in Alpena

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rogers City

— 2 nights
Rogers City is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at P.H. Hoeft State Park, visit a coastal fixture at 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, then learn about all things military at Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum, and finally stroll around Lakeside Park. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Knaebe's Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm & Cider Mill, admire the majestic nature at Onaway State Park, then tee off at Black Lake Golf Club, and finally stroll around Awakon Park.

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Getting from Alpena to Rogers City by car takes about an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Rogers City

Parks · Nature · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trip

Mackinaw City

— 4 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mackinaw City: Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River) and Grayling (Wellington Farm, Kayaking & Canoeing, &more). Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Headlands International Dark Sky Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park, examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., and steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinaw City day trip site.

You can drive from Rogers City to Mackinaw City in 1.5 hours. May in Mackinaw City sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Mears.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Mears

— 2 nights
Golden Township is a civil township of Oceana County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 24th (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along 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 indulge your thirst for a good beer at Fetch Brewing Company.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mears day trip planner.

You can drive from Mackinaw City to Mears in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mackinaw City in May: highs in Mears hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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