15 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

15 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA trip itinerary planner
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
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Two Harbors
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Springfield
— 2 nights
Drive
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Indianapolis
— 1 night
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Traverse City — 2 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Mission Point Lighthouse. Discover out-of-the-way places like Beer Tastings & Tours and Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City travel itinerary planner.

Gulfport to Traverse City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Gulfport in May, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Traverse City: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.
Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip

Mackinac Island — 3 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. St Anne's Catholic Church and Fort Holmes will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Great Turtle Kayak Tours and The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, trot along with a tour on horseback, and admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

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

Getting from Traverse City to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in May, you will find days in Mackinac Island are slightly colder (58°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Munising.
Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Nature

Munising — 2 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and then take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Miners Falls and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

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Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. June in Munising sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Two Harbors.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Two Harbors — 1 night

Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, United States, along the shore of Lake Superior. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Gooseberry Falls State Park and then enjoy the sea views from Split Rock Lighthouse.

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Traveling by car from Munising to Two Harbors takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Munising to Two Harbors due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Chicago.
Museums · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Chicago — 3 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lakefront Trail and Chicago Cultural Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Art Institute of Chicago and Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile, take an in-depth tour of Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and stroll through Millennium Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip maker.

You can fly from Two Harbors to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Two Harbors in June, expect Chicago to be somewhat warmer, temps between 81°F and 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Springfield.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trip

Springfield — 2 nights

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Lincolns New Salem State Park and then make a trip to Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Lincoln Memorial Garden, then steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, and then steep yourself in history at Old State Capitol.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Springfield tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Chicago to Springfield in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Springfield, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Indianapolis.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip

Indianapolis — 1 night

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
On the 11th (Sat), examine the collection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and then take in nature's colorful creations at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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Traveling by car from Springfield to Indianapolis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Springfield to Indianapolis is 1 hour. In June in Indianapolis, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks