12 days in Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Sault Ste. Marie
3
Sault Ste. Marie
— 1 night
Drive
4
Glen Arbor
— 3 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 1 night
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Traverse City

— 3 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kayaking & Canoeing and Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails. Explore Traverse City's surroundings by going to Hartwick Pines State Park (in Grayling) and Sledheads of Frederic (in Frederic). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Mission Point Lighthouse, make a trip to Front Street, browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and stroll through Sunset Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Traverse City trip itinerary maker website.

Dallas to Traverse City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Dallas in June, expect nights in Traverse City to be cooler, around 54°F, while days are slightly colder, around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 23rd (Wed), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then see the interesting displays at Liberty Lego Display, and finally get a new perspective on things with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island driving holiday tool.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Traverse City in June: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Tours · Nature · Historic Sites

Sault Ste. Marie

— 1 night
Sault Ste. On the 25th (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Tower of History, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Museum Ship Valley Camp, then gear up at Bird's Eye Outfitters, then don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, and finally take in the views from Sault Ste Marie International Bridge.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sault Ste. Marie vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Sault Ste. Marie in 4.5 hours. June in Sault Ste. Marie sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Glen Arbor.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Outdoors

Glen Arbor

— 3 nights
Glen Arbor Township is a civil township of Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail and D.H. Day Campground. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Watta Bite Charter Fishing, enjoy the sea views from South Manitou Island Lighthouse, stop by Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor, and look for all kinds of wild species at Carlson's Fishery.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Glen Arbor travel route builder.

Drive from Sault Ste. Marie to Glen Arbor in 4 hours. In June, daytime highs in Glen Arbor are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Glen Arbor

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 1 night

Cherry Capital of the World

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Traverse City trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Glen Arbor to Traverse City by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Tours · Outdoors

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.