12 days in Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Michigan Itinerary

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12 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  7​h
1
Traverse City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Petoskey
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Manistique
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Ontonagon
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

1
night
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.
For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Traverse City road trip app .

Fort Lauderdale to Traverse City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in August; daily highs in Traverse City reach 79°F and lows reach 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours

2
nights
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, stroll through Little Traverse Wheelway, and then kick back and relax at Michigan Beach Park. On the next day, kick back and relax at Depot Beach, get outside with Arts & Adventure at BrassWind Landing, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cross In The Woods National Shrine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Petoskey trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Traverse City to Petoskey by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Petoskey can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Petoskey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Indian River, Charlevoix, Mackinac Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©

1
night
Manistique

Manistique
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Lake Effect Art Gallery, then stop by The Mustard Seed, then take in the dramatic natural features at Palms Book State Park, and finally explore the activities along Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring).

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Manistique online trip maker .

You can drive from Petoskey to Manistique in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Lake Effect Art Gallery ©
Lake Effect Art Gallery

3
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Ontonagon side-trips: Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton) and McLain State Park (in Hancock). Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Bond Falls. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Clouds, appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Overlook, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company, and hike along Porcupine Mountains State Park.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ontonagon trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Manistique to Ontonagon takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ludington.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Adventure Mining Company, McLain State Park, Mineral Museum of Michigan
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park

2
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, then kick back and relax at Stearns Park, and then stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Fifth Avenue Beach, then look for gifts at The Jam Farm, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ludington sightseeing planner.

Drive from Ontonagon to Ludington in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, Fifth Avenue Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Ludington Waterfront Park ©
Ludington Waterfront Park

2
nights
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
On the 18th (Sun), take a peaceful walk through Cascade Peace Park, admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then contemplate the long history of Meyer May House, and finally see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum. Keep things going the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then snap pictures at Fallasburg Covered Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Grand Rapids trip planner .

You can drive from Ludington to Grand Rapids in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Gilmore Car Museum, Speed Boats Tours, Fallasburg Covered Bridge, Cascade Peace Park
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
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