11 days in Michigan Itinerary

11 days in Michigan Itinerary

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11 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Traverse City
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
3
Mackinaw City
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Ludington
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Holland
— 2 nights
+4
train + bus + Fly + bus + train:  6​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Fishtown. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Clinch Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip planner .

Washington DC to Traverse City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect Traverse City to be a bit cooler, temps between 80°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Fishtown, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
Highlights from your plan
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail ©
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
Fishtown ©
Fishtown

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 8th (Mon), stop by Caddywampus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

3
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Cross In The Woods National Shrine and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Straits State Park and Thorne Swift Nature Preserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mackinaw City: Petoskey (North Western State Trail & Historic Gaslight District) and Pond Hill Farm (in Harbor Springs). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, take an in-depth tour of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, and contemplate the long history of McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinaw City journey builder .

Mackinaw City is just a stone's throw from Mackinac Island. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Saint Ignace, Cross In The Woods National Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Pond Hill Farm ©
Pond Hill Farm
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Cross In The Woods National Shrine

1
night
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 13th (Sat), stroll through Stearns Park, then enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sea views from Ludington North Breakwater Light.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ludington online trip planner .

Drive from Mackinaw City to Ludington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Holland.

Things to do in Ludington

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Stearns Park ©
Stearns Park
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Holland

Holland ©
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Pere Marquette Park and then admire the majestic nature at Grand Haven State Park. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Saugatuck Dunes State Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Centennial Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Holland trip tool .

Traveling by car from Ludington to Holland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. July in Holland sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Holland

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grand Haven State Park, Pere Marquette Park
Highlights from your plan
Saugatuck Dunes State Park ©
Saugatuck Dunes State Park
Grand Haven State Park ©
Grand Haven State Park
Centennial Park ©
Centennial Park

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