12 days in Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner

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Tawas City
— 1 day
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Alpena
— 2 nights
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Rogers City
— 2 nights
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Mackinaw City
— 4 nights
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Mears
— 3 nights
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Tawas City

— 1 day
Tawas City is a city along Lake Huron in the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Lumberman's Monument Park, enjoy the sea views from Tawas Point Lighthouse, and then admire the majestic nature at Tawas Point State Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tawas City road trip site.

Detroit to Tawas City is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Traveling from Detroit in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Tawas City, with lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Alpena.

Things to do in Tawas City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Alpena

— 2 nights
Alpena is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Alpena County. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, then identify plant and animal life at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, then see the sky in a new way at Besser Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Island Park & Wildlife Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Starlite Beach, visit a coastal fixture at New Presque Isle Lighthouse, and then visit a coastal fixture at Old Presque Isle Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Alpena visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Tawas City to Alpena takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rogers City.

Things to do in Alpena

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Rogers City

— 2 nights
Rogers City is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at P.H. Hoeft State Park, enjoy the sea views from 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, then learn about all things military at Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum, and finally walk around Lakeside Park. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Knaebe's Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm & Cider Mill, admire the majestic nature at Onaway State Park, then play a few rounds at Black Lake Golf Club, and finally stroll around Awakon Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rogers City journey planner.

Traveling by car from Alpena to Rogers City takes an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Rogers City can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Rogers City

Parks · Nature · Golf · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mackinaw City

— 4 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mackinaw City: Grayling (Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Kayaking & Canoeing, &more) and Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River). Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Headlands International Dark Sky Park. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, and stroll around Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinaw City sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Rogers City to Mackinaw City takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mears.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Mears

— 3 nights
Golden Township is a civil township of Oceana County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Step out of Mears with an excursion to White River Light Station Museum in Whitehall--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables, visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, take a memorable tour with Tours, and immerse yourself in nature at Charles Mears State Park.

Before you visit Mears, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Mackinaw City to Mears by car takes about 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mears can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Mears

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

4.7
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.

Cheboygan County travel guide

4.3
Lighthouses · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites