11 days in Michigan Itinerary

11 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Ludington
— 3 nights
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
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Mackinaw City
— 3 nights
Bus to Pellston, MI, Fly to Covington

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Ludington

— 3 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like USS LST 393 and Hackley and Hume Historic Site. Discover out-of-the-way places like Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access and Stearns Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Manistee (Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, Fifth Avenue Beach, &more), Silver Lake State Park (in Mears) and Fetch Brewing Company (in Whitehall). There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo, admire the majestic nature at Charles Mears State Park, wander the wide-open spaces of Amber Elk Ranch, and contemplate the long history of Historic White Pine Village.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ludington road trip planning tool.

Detroit to Ludington is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Detroit in July, with highs in Ludington at 76°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 3 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
Relax by the water at Lake Michigan Beach Park and Michigan Beach Park. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Glen Haven Historical Village will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Young State Park (in Boyne City), Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum (in Northport) and Leelanau Wine Cellars (in Omena). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Haserot Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Walk of Art, visit a coastal fixture at Mission Point Lighthouse, and stop by American Spoon.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City online travel planner.

You can drive from Ludington to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mackinaw City

— 3 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and Headlands International Dark Sky Park. Explore hidden gems such as Deer Ranch and Emmet County Beach 1 Mackinaw City. Get out of town with these interesting Mackinaw City side-trips: Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River) and Seul Choix Point Lighthouse (in Gulliver). The adventure continues: take a tour of Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, enjoy the sea views from McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, delve into the distant past with Colonial Michilimackinac, and explore the galleries of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mackinaw City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Mackinaw City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Traverse City in July, you will find days in Mackinaw City are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

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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.