11 days in Michigan Itinerary

11 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip itinerary planner

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Glen Arbor
— 2 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bellaire
— 1 night
Drive
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Charlevoix
— 1 night
Drive
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Petoskey
— 1 night
Drive
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Mackinaw City
— 1 night
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Fly

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Glen Arbor

— 2 nights
Glen Arbor Township is a civil township of Leelanau County in the U.S. On the 19th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Carlson's Fishery, steep yourself in history at Fishtown, then learn about winemaking at Blustone Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Chateau Fontaine. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor, then enjoy the sea views from South Manitou Island Lighthouse, then brush up on your military savvy at Sleeping Bear Point Maritime Museum, and finally trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Glen Arbor trip tool.

Detroit to Glen Arbor is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Detroit in July, with highs in Glen Arbor at 75°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Glen Arbor

Parks · Wineries · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 2 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.
On the 21st (Tue), sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then stop by American Spoon, then take in the waterfront at Boardman River Boardwalk, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, visit a coastal fixture at Mission Point Lighthouse, and then take a stroll through Front Street.

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You can drive from Glen Arbor to Traverse City in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bellaire.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails

Bellaire

— 1 night
Bellaire is a village in the U.S. On the 23rd (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Grass River Natural Area, then learn about winemaking at Torch Lake Cellars, then hit the slopes at Shanty Creek Resorts, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bee Well Mead & Cider.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bellaire online journey builder.

Drive from Traverse City to Bellaire in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Traverse City in July, Bellaire is a bit cooler at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Charlevoix.

Things to do in Bellaire

Parks · Golf · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Charlevoix

— 1 night
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. On the 24th (Fri), admire the striking features of Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, kick back and relax at Michigan Beach Park, then explore the historical opulence of Castle Farms, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Fisherman's Island State Park.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Charlevoix travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bellaire to Charlevoix in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Charlevoix are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Petoskey

— 1 night
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stop by Historic Gaslight District, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Traverse Wheelway, then grab your bike and head to North Western State Trail, and finally admire the majestic nature at Petoskey State Park.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Petoskey attractions planner.

Petoskey is just a short distance from Charlevoix. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mackinaw City

— 1 night
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): delve into the distant past with Colonial Michilimackinac and then enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, then steep yourself in history at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, and finally examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc..

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mackinaw City trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Petoskey to Mackinaw City in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island travel app.

You can ride a ferry from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island in an hour. July in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Museums

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.