13 days in Michigan Itinerary

13 days in Michigan Itinerary

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13 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Petoskey
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the views from Fallasburg Covered Bridge.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids road trip planning website .

New York City to Grand Rapids is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Grand Rapids, with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cascade Peace Park, Fallasburg Covered Bridge, Gilmore Car Museum
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Meyer May House ©
Meyer May House

2
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 21st (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, kick back and relax at Stearns Park, and then stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Fifth Avenue Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ludington trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Ludington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Grand Rapids in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ludington: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fifth Avenue Beach, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access
Highlights from your plan
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Ludington Waterfront Park ©
Ludington Waterfront Park

2
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. On the 23rd (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Overlook and then admire the sheer force of Bond Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company, then explore the activities along Lake of the Clouds, and then take a peaceful walk through Porcupine Mountains State Park.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ontonagon online road trip planner .

You can drive from Ludington to Ontonagon in 8.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Adventure Mining Company
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds
Adventure Mining Company ©
Adventure Mining Company

3
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munising: Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park) and Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the pleasant sights at Autrain Falls, stop by Open Wings Pottery & Gallery, and admire the sheer force of Miners Falls.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Munising road trip tool .

Drive from Ontonagon to Munising in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Munising are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Manistique, Fayette Historic State Park, Autrain Falls
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

2
nights
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Traverse Wheelway, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Michigan Beach Park. On the next day, kick back and relax at Depot Beach, get outside with Arts & Adventure at BrassWind Landing, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cross In The Woods National Shrine.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Petoskey road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Munising to Petoskey takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Petoskey sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Charlevoix, Indian River, Mackinac Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
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.
On the 30th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Boardman River Boardwalk, then take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then hike along Empire Bluff Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City online vacation planner .

Drive from Petoskey to Traverse City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Empire
Highlights from your plan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Beer Tastings & Tours
Boardman River Boardwalk ©
Boardman River Boardwalk

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