12 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

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Traverse City
— 4 nights
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Charlevoix
— 2 nights
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Arcadia
— 2 nights
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Ludington
— 3 nights

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Traverse City

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Traverse City: Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor), Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore & Empire Bluff Trail) and Fishtown (in Leland). There's still lots to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, take a stroll through Front Street, enjoy the sea views from Mission Point Lighthouse, and do a tasting at Bowers Harbor Vineyards.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Traverse City online trip itinerary maker.

Saint Louis to Traverse City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint Louis to Traverse City is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Saint Louis in September, with highs in Traverse City at 74°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Charlevoix.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Charlevoix

Charlevoix ©
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Young State Park, then kick your exploration up a notch at Wildwood Rush Zip Line Canopy Tour, then identify plant and animal life at Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area, and finally shop like a local with Boyne City Farmer's Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, then enjoy the sea views from Charlevoix South Pier Light Station, then explore the historical opulence of Castle Farms, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Jordan River Valley.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Charlevoix online trip planner.

You can drive from Traverse City to Charlevoix in 1.5 hours. In September in Charlevoix, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Arcadia.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Jordan River Valley ©
Jordan River Valley
Castle Farms ©
Castle Farms
Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix ©
Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix

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Arcadia

Arcadia ©
Arcadia Township is a civil township of Manistee County in the U.S. On the 2nd (Fri), don't miss a visit to The Frankfort Light, then enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, then cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and finally learn about winemaking at St. Ambrose Cellars. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, then identify plant and animal life at Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve, and then hike along Betsie Valley Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Arcadia itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Charlevoix to Arcadia by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Arcadia are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Arcadia

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club ©
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Betsie Valley Trail ©
Betsie Valley Trail

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Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Venture out of the city with trips to Manistee (Manistee River & Magoon Creek Park). There's still lots to do: walk around Ludington State Park, stop by The Jam Farm, play a few rounds at Hemlock Golf Club, and visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ludington online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Arcadia to Ludington takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ludington can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Ludington Waterfront Park ©
Ludington Waterfront Park
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse

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