11 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

11 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Pittsburgh
Drive:  7 h 45 min
Harbor Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
Traverse City
— 4 nights
Drive:  9 h
End: Pittsburgh

Harbor Springs

Harbor Springs ©
Harbor Springs is a city and resort community in Emmet County in the U.S. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Tunnel of Trees - M119, then look for all kinds of wild species at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Boyne Highlands.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Harbor Springs trip planner.

Pittsburgh to Harbor Springs is an approximately 8.5- hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Pittsburgh in June, things will get a bit cooler in Harbor Springs: highs are around 71°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Manistee.

Things to do in Harbor Springs

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

The Oden State Fish Hatchery, North Western State Trail
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Thorne Swift Nature Preserve ©
Thorne Swift Nature Preserve
Boyne Highlands ©
Boyne Highlands
Tunnel of Trees - M119 ©
Tunnel of Trees - M119


Manistee ©
Manistee is a city in the U.S. Get outdoors at First Street Beach and Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Manistee Riverwalk and Orchard Beach State Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, stroll around Magoon Creek Park, and kick back and relax at Fifth Avenue Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Manistee travel route tool.

Traveling by car from Harbor Springs to Manistee takes 3 hours. In June in Manistee, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Manistee

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Manistee Riverwalk ©
Manistee Riverwalk
Fifth Avenue Beach ©
Fifth Avenue Beach
Orchard Beach State Park ©
Orchard Beach State Park

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Clinch Park and Hawthorne Vineyards. Visiting Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and Haserot Beach will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, learn about winemaking at Peninsula Cellars, and sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Manistee to Traverse City takes 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries Outdoors Parks
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Hawthorne Vineyards ©
Hawthorne Vineyards
Fishing Charters & Tours
Chateau Grand Traverse Winery ©
Chateau Grand Traverse Winery