14 days in Michigan Itinerary

14 days in Michigan Itinerary

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14 days in Michigan Itinerary

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

2
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. On the 11th (Mon), take a stroll through Downtown Marquette, take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Sand Point Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, then take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, and finally look for gifts at Open Wings Pottery & Gallery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Marquette trip planner.

Jackson to Marquette is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Jackson to Marquette is 1 hour. Traveling from Jackson in May, things will get much colder in Marquette: highs are around 60°F and lows about 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manistique.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Munising
Highlights from your plan
Lakenenland Sculpture Park ©
Lakenenland Sculpture Park
Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center ©
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach

2
nights
Manistique

Manistique ©
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Garden Bay Winery, immerse yourself in nature at Fayette Historic State Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring). Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Seney National Wildlife Refuge and then explore the striking landscape at Palms Book State Park.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Manistique online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Marquette to Manistique in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fayette Historic State Park, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Garden Bay Winery
Highlights from your plan
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Seney National Wildlife Refuge ©
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park

2
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and finally view the masterpieces at Fort de Baude Museum. Keep things going the next day: walk around Bridge View Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine, and then identify plant and animal life at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinaw City day trip website .

Getting from Manistique to Mackinaw City by car takes about 2 hours. May in Mackinaw City sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Cross In The Woods National Shrine, Thorne Swift Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Museum of Ojibwa Culture ©
Museum of Ojibwa Culture

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 17th (Sun), play a few rounds at Jewel Golf Course, then examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Round Island Lighthouse, examine the collection at Liberty Lego Display, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then contemplate the long history of Biddle House, and finally don't miss a visit to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island online road trip planner .

Mackinac Island is just a stone's throw from Mackinaw City. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in May, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf
Highlights from your plan
Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castle Farms and Suttons Bay Ciders. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bowers Harbor Vineyards and Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Traverse City: Fishtown (in Leland) and Point Betsie Lighthouse (in Frankfort). There's more to do: do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip builder website .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Mackinac Island in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Traverse City, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Castle Farms, Suttons Bay Ciders, Point Betsie Lighthouse, Fishtown, Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bowers Harbor Vineyards ©
Bowers Harbor Vineyards
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum ©
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

2
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, then stroll around Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, then stop by The Jam Farm, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Father Jacques Marquette Shrine. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, then visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ludington online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Ludington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Ludington can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ludington

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, 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

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