11 days in Michigan Itinerary

11 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan travel route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Holland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ludington
— 1 night
Drive
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Empire
— 2 nights
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Taxi to Traverse City, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
4
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
— 1 night
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Dallas/Ft.Worth

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Holland

— 3 nights
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. Relax by the water at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access and Silver Beach County Park. Get outdoors at Holland State Park Beach and Pere Marquette Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Oval Beach, stop by Holland Peanut Store, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ninth Street Christian Reformed Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Holland itinerary planner.

Dallas to Holland is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Dallas in June, things will get a bit cooler in Holland: highs are around 78°F and lows about 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Holland

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Ludington

— 1 night
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): stroll around Ludington State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, and then walk around Ludington Waterfront Park.

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

Drive from Holland to Ludington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Holland in June, expect Ludington to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Empire.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Empire

— 2 nights
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): kick back and relax at Lake Michigan Beach Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and then have a few drinks at Lake Ann Brewing Company. Keep things going the next day: trek along Empire Bluff Trail, visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, and then take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Empire travel route builder.

Drive from Ludington to Empire in 2 hours. July in Empire sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Trinity Church, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Biddle House, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then play a few rounds at Jewel Golf Course, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island road trip planning tool.

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry from Empire to Mackinac Island in 5.5 hours. In July in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Munising

— 1 night
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Point Beach and then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Munising journey planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.