14 days in Michigan Itinerary

14 days in Michigan Itinerary

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14 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  5​h
1
Detroit
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Muskegon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Petoskey
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  2​h 15​min
6
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + bus:  6​h 45​min
7
Marquette
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): examine the collection at The Henry Ford and then examine the collection at Greenfield Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, browse the exhibits of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, then admire the natural beauty at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, and finally admire all the interesting features of Comerica Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Detroit online trip builder .

New York City to Detroit is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City in July, Detroit is slightly colder at night with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Muskegon.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Dearborn, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
Highlights from your plan
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant ©
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House ©
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford

1
night
Muskegon

Muskegon ©
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. On the 15th (Mon), contemplate the long history of USS LST 393, examine the collection at USS Silversides Submarine Museum, then kick back and relax at Pere Marquette Park, and finally stop by The Cheese Lady.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Muskegon trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Detroit to Muskegon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Muskegon are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Muskegon

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
USS LST 393 ©
USS LST 393
USS Silversides Submarine Museum ©
USS Silversides Submarine Museum

2
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 16th (Tue), enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and finally look for gifts at The Jam Farm. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, contemplate the long history of S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia, then enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, and finally enjoy the sea views from Ludington North Breakwater Light.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ludington trip planner .

Traveling by car from Muskegon to Ludington takes an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Clinch Park and Fishtown. Get some historical perspective at Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum and Point Betsie Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Traverse City: Leelanau Wine Cellars (in Omena) and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (in Empire). There's more to do: do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery and sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Traverse City trip app .

You can drive from Ludington to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Traverse City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, Leelanau Wine Cellars, Point Betsie Lighthouse, Fishtown
Highlights from your plan
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum ©
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

2
nights
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. On the 21st (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cross In The Woods National Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., then admire the striking features of Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, and finally take a stroll through Historic Gaslight District. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Castle Farms, then do a tasting at Walloon Lake Winery, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Petoskey trip planner .

You can drive from Traverse City to Petoskey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Traverse City in July, you will find days in Petoskey are little chillier (75°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Petoskey

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Charlevoix, Mackinaw City, Cross In The Woods National Shrine, Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Highlights from your plan
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Cross In The Woods National Shrine
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©
Castle Farms ©
Castle Farms

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, then steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally browse the exhibits of Fort Mackinac. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, then see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Trinity Church.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Petoskey to Mackinac Island in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Marquette.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

1
night
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. On the 25th (Thu), take a stroll through Downtown Marquette, view the masterpieces at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, then admire all the interesting features of Jilbert Dairy, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, catch a live event at Superior Dome, and then see the interesting displays at Marquette Maritime Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Marquette vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Marquette in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Expect slightly colder evenings in Marquette when traveling from Mackinac Island in July, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Marquette Maritime Museum ©
Marquette Maritime Museum
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park

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