11 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

11 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

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Traverse City
— 4 nights
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Charlevoix
— 2 nights
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Arcadia
— 2 nights
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Ludington
— 2 nights

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Traverse City

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.
Explore Traverse City's surroundings by going to Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore & Empire Bluff Trail), Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor) and Fishtown (in Leland). There's much more to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, take a stroll through Front Street, see the interesting displays at Music House Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Traverse City vacation planning tool.

Houston to Traverse City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Houston in September, plan for little chillier days in Traverse City, with highs around 74°F, while nights are colder with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Charlevoix.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Charlevoix

Charlevoix ©
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. On the 5th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Young State Park, kick your exploration up a notch at Wildwood Rush Zip Line Canopy Tour, then hunt for treasures at Boyne City Farmer's Market, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, explore the historical opulence of Castle Farms, and then see what you can catch with True North Trout.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Charlevoix trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Traverse City to Charlevoix in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Charlevoix are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Arcadia.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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True North Trout ©
True North Trout
Castle Farms ©
Castle Farms
Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix ©
Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix

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Arcadia

Arcadia ©
Arcadia Township is a civil township of Manistee County in the U.S. On the 7th (Wed), don't miss a visit to The Frankfort Light, then enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, then cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and finally learn about winemaking at St. Ambrose Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): stroll through Betsie Valley Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve, and then tee off at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Arcadia journey builder website.

Drive from Charlevoix to Arcadia in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Arcadia

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club ©
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Betsie Valley Trail ©
Betsie Valley Trail

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Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, then walk around Ludington State Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Father Jacques Marquette Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Ludington North Breakwater Light and then walk around Ludington Waterfront Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ludington trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Arcadia to Ludington in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ludington are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Ludington Waterfront Park ©
Ludington Waterfront Park
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse

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