11 days in Michigan Itinerary

11 days in Michigan Itinerary

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11 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Grand Rapids
Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Mackinaw City
— 1 night
Ferry:  30​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Sault Ste. Marie
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Copper Harbor
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
End: Grand Rapids

1
night
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then view the masterpieces at Fort de Baude Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Mackinaw City road trip planning app .

Grand Rapids to Mackinaw City is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Grand Rapids, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mackinaw City, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Fort de Baude Museum
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Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Fort de Baude Museum ©
Fort de Baude Museum

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, contemplate the long history of Biddle House, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island vacation maker .

Mackinac Island is just a short distance from Mackinaw City. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

2
nights
Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie
Sault Ste. 1668 Winery & Lockside Brewery has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Tower of History, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Name of Mary Church, then sample the tasty concoctions at Soo Brewing Company, then view the masterpieces at Riverstone Gallery, and finally enjoy the sea views from USDA Iroquois Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Sault Ste Marie International Bridge, then make a trip to Soo Locks, and then sample the tasty concoctions at 1668 Winery & Lockside Brewery.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sault Ste. Marie trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Sault Ste. Marie in 4 hours. In August in Sault Ste. Marie, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Point Iroquois Lighthouse
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Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Soo Brewing Company ©
Soo Brewing Company
Tower of History ©
Tower of History

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 26th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Munising tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sault Ste. Marie to Munising takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge ©
Wagner Falls ©
Wagner Falls

2
nights
Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Fort Wilkins State Park, then cruise along Brockway Mountain Drive, and then try for a hole-in-one at Into the Woods Mini Golf and Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to The trail to Copper Harbor, enjoy the sea views from Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, then stop by Copper World, and finally admire the sheer force of Eagle River Falls.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Copper Harbor online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Munising to Copper Harbor takes 5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Copper Harbor can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Eagle River Falls, The trail to Copper Harbor, Copper World
Highlights from your plan
Fort Wilkins State Park ©
Fort Wilkins State Park
Copper World ©
Copper World
Eagle River Falls ©
Eagle River Falls

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