14 days in Michigan Itinerary

14 days in Michigan Itinerary

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14 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
+3
Fly + taxi + bus + ferry:  8​h 15​min
1
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
2
Mackinaw City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Manistique
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Empire
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Muskegon
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Trinity Church, don't miss a visit to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!, contemplate the long history of Biddle House, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally browse the exhibits of Fort Mackinac.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip builder app .

Charlotte to Mackinac Island is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Charlotte in August, things will get a bit cooler in Mackinac Island: highs are around 72°F and lows about 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fort Holmes ©
Fort Holmes
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church

3
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mackinaw Bridge Museum and Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum. Cross In The Woods National Shrine and Museum Ship Valley Camp are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mackinaw City: USDA Iroquois Lighthouse (in Sault Ste. Marie) and Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery (in Alanson). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, explore the activities along Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park, examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., and take in the exciting artwork at Fort de Baude Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Mackinaw City day trip planner.

Mackinaw City is very close to Mackinac Island. In August in Mackinaw City, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Sault Ste. Marie, Cross In The Woods National Shrine, Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery, Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum
Highlights from your plan
USDA Iroquois Lighthouse ©
USDA Iroquois Lighthouse
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park

2
nights
Manistique

Manistique ©
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Lake Effect Art Gallery, then stop by The Mustard Seed, then explore the striking landscape at Palms Book State Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring). On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk, immerse yourself in nature at Fayette Historic State Park, and then contemplate the long history of Historical Village Fayette Park.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Manistique vacation builder app .

You can drive from Mackinaw City to Manistique in 2 hours. Traveling from Mackinaw City in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Manistique, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Garden
Highlights from your plan
Palms Book State Park ©
Palms Book State Park
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Historical Village Fayette Park ©
Historical Village Fayette Park

2
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Lake Michigan Beach Park, and then trek along Empire Bluff Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, then hike along Pyramid Point Trail, and then view the masterpieces at Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Empire sightseeing planner .

Drive from Manistique to Empire in 4.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Empire can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Frankfort
Highlights from your plan
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©

2
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 18th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light, then visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and finally look for gifts at The Jam Farm. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Stearns Park, enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and then immerse yourself in nature at Charles Mears State Park.

Start your trip to Ludington by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Empire to Ludington takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Muskegon.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Charles Mears State Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Little Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Little Sable Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Muskegon

Muskegon ©
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): see the interesting displays at USS Silversides Submarine Museum, then contemplate the long history of Hackley and Hume Historic Site, and then ski along the peaceful trails at Saugatuck Dunes State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pere Marquette Park, then admire the natural beauty at The Monet Garden of Muskegon, and then immerse yourself in nature at Grand Haven State Park.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Muskegon tour itinerary maker site .

Getting from Ludington to Muskegon by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Muskegon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Grand Haven State Park
Highlights from your plan
USS Silversides Submarine Museum ©
USS Silversides Submarine Museum
Saugatuck Dunes State Park ©
Saugatuck Dunes State Park
Hackley and Hume Historic Site ©
Hackley and Hume Historic Site

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