11 days in Michigan Itinerary

11 days in Michigan Itinerary

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11 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Ludington
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Mackinaw City
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: Cincinnati

3
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Popular historic sites such as USS LST 393 and Hackley and Hume Historic Site are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like First Street Beach and Historic White Pine Village. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ludington: Manistee (Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse & Fifth Avenue Beach), Silver Lake State Park (in Mears) and Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Stearns Park, admire the majestic nature at Charles Mears State Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Fetch Brewing Company, and admire all the interesting features of Amber Elk Ranch.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ludington visit site .

Detroit to Ludington is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Detroit in July: high temperatures in Ludington hover around 76°F and lows are around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manistee, Muskegon, Silver Lake State Park, Charles Mears State Park, Fetch Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
Silver Lake State Park ©
Silver Lake State Park
Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo ©
Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo

3
nights
Traverse City

Traverse City ©
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.
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum and Old Mission Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Kids will enjoy Haserot Beach and Michigan Beach Park. Get out of town with these interesting Traverse City side-trips: Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Lake Michigan Beach Park, & more), Young State Park (in Boyne City) and Leelanau Wine Cellars (in Omena). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Mari Vineyards, take in the pleasant sights at Walk of Art, take a stroll through Front Street, and look for gifts at American Spoon.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Traverse City trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Ludington to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Empire, Michigan Beach Park, Young State Park, Walk of Art, Leelanau Wine Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum ©
Young State Park
Young State Park

3
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises and Headlands International Dark Sky Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Seul Choix Point Lighthouse and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. Take a break from Mackinaw City with a short trip to Cross In The Woods National Shrine in Indian River, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Deer Ranch, steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, and walk around Colonial Michilimackinac.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mackinaw City trip planner .

You can drive from Traverse City to Mackinaw City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Traverse City in July, expect nights in Mackinaw City to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Seul Choix Point Lighthouse, Deer Ranch, Cross In The Woods National Shrine
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Deer Ranch ©
Deer Ranch
Seul Choix Point Lighthouse ©
Seul Choix Point Lighthouse
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©

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