12 days in Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Wilmington
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus + Ferry:  4 h 15 min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  30 min
3
Mackinaw City
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Wilmington

2
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Glen Haven Historical Village and Dennos Museum Center. Escape the urban bustle at Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail and Clinch Park. Change things up with a short trip to Grass River Natural Area in Bellaire (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Left Foot Charley Winery and explore the activities along Long Lake.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Traverse City day trip app.

Wilmington to Traverse City is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Wilmington in June, expect Traverse City to be a bit cooler, temps between 76°F and 54°F. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glen Haven Historical Village, Grass River Natural Area, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
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Grass River Natural Area ©
Grass River Natural Area
Dennos Museum Center ©
Dennos Museum Center
Left Foot Charley Winery ©
Left Foot Charley Winery

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the long history of Biddle House, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, and finally head off the coast to Eagle Point Cave. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, identify plant and animal life at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, then browse the exhibits of Liberty Lego Display, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island online trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in June, you will find days in Mackinac Island are little chillier (67°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Fort Holmes ©
Fort Holmes

3
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and Burt Lake State Park. Get some cultural insight at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc. and Great Lake Light House Keepers. Take a break from Mackinaw City with a short trip to Aloha State Park in Cheboygan, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Heritage Village at Mackinaw, have some family-friendly fun at Spy Quest Laser Maze, walk around WaWatam Park, and examine the collection at Sea Shell City.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinaw City vacation maker app.

Mackinaw City is very close to Mackinac Island. In June, daytime highs in Mackinaw City are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cheboygan, Indian Village, Burt Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc. ©
Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park
Burt Lake State Park ©
Burt Lake State Park

2
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 13th (Sat), let the kids burn off some steam at Summit Park, look for gifts at The Jam Farm, then have fun and explore at Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): kick back and relax at Fifth Avenue Beach, identify plant and animal life at Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary, then take a tour of S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Father Jacques Marquette Shrine.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Ludington route site.

You can drive from Mackinaw City to Ludington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Mackinaw City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ludington, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Holland.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Manistee
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Summit Park ©
Summit Park
S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia ©
S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia
Fifth Avenue Beach ©
Fifth Avenue Beach

2
nights
Holland

Holland ©
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): experience rural life at S. Kamphuis Blueberries, then get a taste of the local shopping with Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally walk around Centennial Park. On your second day here, make a splash at Holland Community Aquatic Center, then grab your bike and head to Window on the Waterfront, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Ninth Street Christian Reformed Church.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Holland trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Ludington to Holland in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Ludington in June, Holland is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Holland

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Window on the Waterfront ©
Window on the Waterfront
Ninth Street Christian Reformed Church ©
Ninth Street Christian Reformed Church
Centennial Park ©
Centennial Park

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