13 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

13 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

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13 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

Start: New York City
Drive:  9​h
1
Manistee
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Charlevoix
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Traverse City
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 30​min
End: New York City

4
nights
Manistee

Manistee ©
Manistee is a city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve (in Arcadia), Ludington (Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Ludington State Park, & more) and Frankfort (Frankfort Beach & Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Fifth Avenue Beach, stroll around Magoon Creek Park, look for gifts at Dublin General Store LTD, and visit a coastal fixture at Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Manistee trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

New York City to Manistee is an approximately 9-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in July; daily highs in Manistee reach 77°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Charlevoix.

Things to do in Manistee

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ludington, Frankfort, Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve, Dublin General Store LTD
Highlights from your plan
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Ludington Waterfront Park ©
Ludington Waterfront Park
Fifth Avenue Beach ©
Fifth Avenue Beach

4
nights
Charlevoix

Charlevoix
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. Explore Charlevoix's surroundings by going to Christmas Cove Farms (in Northport), Bachmann's Store (in Central Lake) and Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area (in Bellaire). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, experience rural life at King Orchards, don't miss a visit to Charlevoix Circle of Arts, and kick back and relax at Depot Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Charlevoix tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Manistee to Charlevoix takes 2.5 hours. In July in Charlevoix, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Boyne City, Central Lake, Christmas Cove Farms, Jordan River Valley, Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Island State Park
Fisherman's Island State Park
Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix ©
Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix
King Orchards ©
King Orchards

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Traverse City side-trips: Empire (Lake Michigan Beach Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, & more) and Glen Arbor (Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail & Kayaking & Canoeing). And it doesn't end there: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, take in the waterfront at Boardman River Boardwalk, experience rural life at The Iris Farm, and have a few drinks at Lake Ann Brewing Company.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City route planner.

You can drive from Charlevoix to Traverse City in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Empire, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, Lake Ann Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©