12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner
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Saint Joseph
— 2 nights
Drive
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Benton Harbor
Drive
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Saugatuck
— 1 night
Drive
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Holland
Drive
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Grand Haven
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ludington
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Fly
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Chicago
— 1 night

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Saint Joseph — 2 nights

St. On the 17th (Fri), kick back and relax at Weko Beach Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Lighthouse & Pier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Beach County Park. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Grand Mere State Park, then get engrossed in the history at La Porte County Historical Society Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Potato Creek State Park, and finally do a tasting at Lemon Creek Winery.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Joseph trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Saint Joseph. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Benton Harbor.
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Benton Harbor

Benton Harbor is a city in Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan which is located west of Kalamazoo, and northwest of South Bend, Indiana. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): learn about winemaking at 12 Corners Vineyards, then relax in the rural setting at Jollay Orchards, and then play a few rounds at Harbor Shores.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Benton Harbor online journey planner.

Benton Harbor is just a short distance from Saint Joseph. August in Benton Harbor sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Saugatuck.
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Saugatuck — 1 night

Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Saugatuck road trip app.

Traveling by car from Benton Harbor to Saugatuck takes an hour. August in Saugatuck sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 60°F at night. On the 20th (Mon), you'll travel to Holland.
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Holland

Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 20th (Mon), stroll around Centennial Park and then stroll through Outdoor Discovery Center.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Holland trip builder app.

Holland is just a short distance from Saugatuck. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Haven.
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Grand Haven — 2 nights

Grand Haven is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Ottawa County. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): examine the collection at Lakeshore Museum Center and then admire the local landmark of Grand Haven Musical Fountain. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kruse Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Pere Marquette Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Tri-Cities Historical Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Haven trip planner.

Grand Haven is just a stone's throw from Holland. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Wed) before leaving for Ludington.
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Ludington

Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light and then visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Ludington online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grand Haven to Ludington in 1.5 hours. In August in Ludington, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Traverse City.
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Traverse City — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then learn about winemaking at MAWBY Sparkling Wine, then contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Traverse Bay, and finally explore the world behind art at Dennos Museum Center.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Ludington to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mackinaw City.
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Mackinaw City — 2 nights

Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 24th (Fri), walk around Headlands International Dark Sky Park. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Pond Hill Farm, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway, then stop by Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine.

Plan trip to Mackinaw City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Mackinaw City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Traverse City in August, expect nights in Mackinaw City to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are little chillier, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.
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Grand Rapids — 1 night

The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids itinerary tool.

Drive from Mackinaw City to Grand Rapids in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Mackinaw City in August, you will find days in Grand Rapids are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Chicago.
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Chicago — 1 night

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 27th (Mon), explore the activities along Lake Michigan.

You can plan Chicago trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Grand Rapids to Chicago takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Grand Rapids in August since evenings lows in Chicago dip to 67°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Tue) before leaving for home.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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