11 days in Michigan Itinerary

11 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan planner
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Fly to Traverse City, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Petoskey
— 3 nights
Traverse City
— 2 nights
— 2 nights


Mackinac Island — 3 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Get some cultural insight at St Anne's Catholic Church and Round Island Lighthouse. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Holmes and Biddle House. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, gear up at Mackinac Cycle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, and tee off at Jewel Golf Course.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island day trip planner.

Sacramento to Mackinac Island is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Sacramento to Mackinac Island due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sacramento in September, plan for colder days in Mackinac Island, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Petoskey.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Golf

Petoskey — 3 nights

Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. Step off the beaten path and head to Castle Farms and Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery and Walloon Lake Winery. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Bear River Valley Recreation Area, trek along North Country Trail, make a trip to Crooked Tree Arts Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at North Western State Trail.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Petoskey trip itinerary maker site.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.
Parks · Wineries · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trip

Traverse City — 2 nights

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.
On the 18th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Black Star Farms, learn about winemaking at Green Bird Cellars & Organic Farms, and then do a tasting at Bowers Harbor Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, then experience rural life at Light of Day Organics, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Clinch Park.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Traverse City travel route planning app.

You can drive from Petoskey to Traverse City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ludington.
Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Side Trips

Ludington — 2 nights

Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 20th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Manistee Historical Museum, take an in-depth tour of S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia, and then take a leisurely stroll along Manistee Riverwalk. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, then learn about all things military at Historic White Pine Village, and then stroll around Buttersville Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ludington trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Ludington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Ludington sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trip

Michigan travel guide

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.