14 days in Michigan Itinerary

14 days in Michigan Itinerary

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14 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Empire
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 45​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h
3
Paradise
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Marquette
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Columbus

2
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Empire: Fishtown (in Leland) and Northern Latitudes Distillery (in Lake Leelanau). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, explore and take pictures at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Empire online journey planner .

Columbus to Empire is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Columbus in September, things will get slightly colder in Empire: highs are around 71°F and lows about 53°F. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, Northern Latitudes Distillery, Point Betsie Lighthouse, Fishtown
Highlights from your plan
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Northern Latitudes Distillery ©
Northern Latitudes Distillery

3
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, wildlife, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Empire to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. In October in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

3
nights
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paradise: Manley’s Fish Market (in Saint Ignace), Colonial Michilimackinac (in Mackinaw City) and Sault Ste. Marie (Tower of History, Point Iroquois Lighthouse, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paradise road trip website .

Getting from Mackinac Island to Paradise by combination of ferry and car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in October, Paradise is little chillier at night with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Sault Ste. Marie, Manley’s Fish Market, Colonial Michilimackinac
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks
Colonial Michilimackinac ©
Colonial Michilimackinac

3
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has been added to your itinerary. Step out of Munising to go to Grand Marais and see Sable Falls, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, and stop by Upper Peninsula Inspired.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Munising road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Paradise to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. In October in Munising, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Autrain Falls, Sable Falls
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

2
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, then admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, and then wander the streets of Downtown Marquette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Dead River Falls, experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blackrocks Brewery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Marquette day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Munising to Marquette takes an hour. Traveling from Munising in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 37°F in Marquette. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Lakenenland Sculpture Park ©
Lakenenland Sculpture Park

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