15 days in Mackinac Island & Traverse City Itinerary

15 days in Mackinac Island & Traverse City Itinerary

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15 days in Mackinac Island & Traverse City Itinerary

Start: Mackinac Island
1
Mackinac Island
— 11 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Traverse City
— 3 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
End: Mackinac Island

11
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Jewel Golf Course and Wawashkamo Golf Club. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Round Island Lighthouse and Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop, and see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island online trip planner .

Expect a daytime high around 67°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. You will leave for home on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors Parks Golf
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St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Fort Holmes ©
Fort Holmes

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.
Grand Traverse Bay has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Traverse Bay, view the masterpieces at Michigan Artists Gallery, do a tasting at Rove Estate Tasting Room and Vineyard, then visit a coastal fixture at Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, then steep yourself in history at S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia, and finally do a tasting at St. Ambrose Cellars. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, grab your bike and head to North Western State Trail, then do a tasting at Walloon Lake Winery, then sample the tasty concoctions at Mackinaw Trail Winery, and finally do a tasting at Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Traverse City holiday planner .

Getting from Mackinac Island to Traverse City by combination of ferry and bus takes about 4.5 hours. When traveling from Mackinac Island in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Traverse City, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Petoskey, Manistee, Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery, St. Ambrose Cellars, Walk of Art
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Grand Traverse Bay ©
Grand Traverse Bay
S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia ©
St. Ambrose Cellars ©
St. Ambrose Cellars

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