15 days in Michigan Itinerary

15 days in Michigan Itinerary

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15 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Richmond
Drive:  4​h
1
Muskegon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Ludington
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Traverse City
— 5 nights
Bus + Ferry:  4​h 15​min
4
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  30​min
5
Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Munising
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Richmond

1
night
Muskegon

Muskegon ©
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Muskegon Museum of Art and then kick back and relax at Pere Marquette Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Fire Barn Museum, steep yourself in history at Hackley and Hume Historic Site, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Monet Garden of Muskegon, then see the interesting displays at Lakeshore Museum Center, and finally take an in-depth tour of Muskegon Heritage Museum.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Muskegon trip itinerary builder .

Richmond to Muskegon is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Muskegon

Museums Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Muskegon Museum of Art ©
Muskegon Museum of Art
Hackley and Hume Historic Site ©
Hackley and Hume Historic Site
Lakeshore Museum Center ©
Lakeshore Museum Center

1
night
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 20th (Tue), visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light, visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Stearns Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ludington trip website .

Traveling by car from Muskegon to Ludington takes an hour. In August in Ludington, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Empire Bluff Trail and Little Traverse Wheelway. Get a sense of the local culture at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery and Bowers Harbor Vineyards. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Lake Michigan Beach Park (in Empire), Historic Gaslight District (in Petoskey) and Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Clinch Park, steep yourself in history at Fishtown, do a tasting at Left Foot Charley Winery, and sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Traverse City trip builder tool .

You can drive from Ludington to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Petoskey, Empire, Fishtown, Hartwick Pines State Park, Fayette Historic State Park
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Historic Gaslight District ©
Historic Gaslight District

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Biddle House, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, and then see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Traverse City, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes

2
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. On the 28th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then examine the collection at Fort de Baude Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Headlands International Dark Sky Park.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mackinaw City trip planner.

Mackinaw City is just a stone's throw from Mackinac Island. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Cross In The Woods National Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©
Headlands International Dark Sky Park ©
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Cross In The Woods National Shrine

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 30th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Laughing Whitefish Falls and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring). On your second day here, stroll through Sand Point Beach, then admire the sheer force of Alger Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Munising trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mackinaw City to Munising in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Highlights from your plan
Laughing Whitefish Falls ©
Laughing Whitefish Falls
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach
Alger Falls ©
Alger Falls

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