12 days in Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
1
Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Marquette
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive + Ferry:  2 h
5
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Bus:  2 h 15 min
6
Petoskey
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Empire
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Tampa, Florida

2
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Ontonagon County Historical Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Bond Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company, then admire the majestic nature at Porcupine Mountains State Park, and then trek along Little Carp River Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ontonagon trip itinerary planning tool.

Tampa to Ontonagon is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of flight and car. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tampa in July: highs in Ontonagon hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Marquette.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Adventure Mining Company
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park
Adventure Mining Company ©
Adventure Mining Company

1
night
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. On the 7th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Iron Ore Heritage Trail, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, and then immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Marquette sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Ontonagon to Marquette by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Marquette are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Iron Ore Heritage Trail ©
Iron Ore Heritage Trail

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Munising Falls and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Munising trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marquette to Munising takes an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

1
night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 10th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paradise trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Munising to Paradise takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car. In July in Paradise, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then browse the exhibits of Fort Mackinac, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

1
night
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. On the 13th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at The Oden State Fish Hatchery, admire the majestic nature at Petoskey State Park, then explore the landscape on two wheels at North Western State Trail, and finally grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Petoskey trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Petoskey by combination of ferry and bus takes about 2.5 hours. July in Petoskey sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Empire.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

The Oden State Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Petoskey State Park ©
Petoskey State Park

2
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): look for gifts at The Cottage Book Shop, then cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Empire Bluff Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Empire trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Petoskey to Empire in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glen Arbor
Highlights from your plan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
The Cottage Book Shop ©
The Cottage Book Shop

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