12 days in Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Michigan Itinerary

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12 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Saginaw
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Harbor Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Pentwater
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Muskegon
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Cleveland

1
night
Saginaw

Saginaw
Saginaw is a city in the State of Michigan and the seat of Saginaw County. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): learn about winemaking at St. Julians Winery.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saginaw road trip app .

Cleveland to Saginaw is an approximately 4-hour car ride. Traveling from Cleveland in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Saginaw, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Harbor Springs.

Things to do in Saginaw

Wineries

Side Trip

St. Julians Winery

3
nights
Harbor Springs

Harbor Springs ©
Harbor Springs is a city and resort community in Emmet County in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Harbor Springs Vineyards and Winery, Odawa Casino and Petoskey State Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and Historic Gaslight District. Popular historic sites such as McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site and Cross In The Woods National Shrine are in your itinerary. When in Harbor Springs, make a side trip to see Michigan Beach Park in Charlevoix, approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Depot Beach, experience rural life at Pond Hill Farm, and look for all kinds of wild species at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Harbor Springs trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Saginaw to Harbor Springs takes 3 hours. Traveling from Saginaw in July, expect nights in Harbor Springs to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Harbor Springs

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Petoskey, Mackinaw City, Charlevoix, Cross In The Woods National Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©

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.
You've added Dunes Trail, Michigan Artists Gallery, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, and other attractions to your itinerary. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Old Mission Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Dennos Museum Center and Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum (in Northport), Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery (in Suttons Bay) and Empire (Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive & Lake Michigan Beach Park). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Front Street, enjoy the sand and surf at Clinch Park, and look for gifts at American Spoon.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Traverse City trip planner .

You can drive from Harbor Springs to Traverse City in 2 hours. In July in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pentwater.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Empire, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery, Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum ©

2
nights
Pentwater

Pentwater ©
Pentwater is a village in Oceana County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and then stroll around Ludington State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Charles Mears State Park, then enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Pentwater trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Traverse City to Pentwater in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Muskegon.

Things to do in Pentwater

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ludington, Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access
Highlights from your plan
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Little Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Little Sable Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Muskegon

Muskegon ©
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Outdoor Discovery Center, Oval Beach, Saugatuck Dune Rides, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Hoffmaster State Park, kick back and relax at Oval Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Outdoor Discovery Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saugatuck Dune Rides, then enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Fire Barn Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at USS LST 393, see the interesting displays at USS Silversides Submarine Museum, and then get in on the family fun at Michigan's Adventure.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Muskegon visit planning website .

You can drive from Pentwater to Muskegon in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Muskegon are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dearborn.

Things to do in Muskegon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Holland, Saugatuck
Highlights from your plan
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Saugatuck Dune Rides ©
Saugatuck Dune Rides
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach

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