15 days in Michigan Itinerary

15 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Fly to Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport, Drive to South Haven
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South Haven
— 2 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marquette
— 2 nights
Fly

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South Haven

— 2 nights
South Haven is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): browse the fresh offerings at Holland Farmers Market, walk around Pier Cove Park, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally enjoy the sea views from South Haven Lighthouses. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Kal Haven Trail, then examine the collection at Michigan Maritime Museum, and then explore the activities along North Beach.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the South Haven trip planning site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to South Haven is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to South Haven due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, you will find days in South Haven are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in South Haven

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 3 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Clinch Park and Carlson's Fishery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery and Music House Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Fishtown in Leland (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Left Foot Charley Winery and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Traverse City trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from South Haven to Traverse City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): make a trip to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, then examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Island House Bike Shop, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally tee off at Jewel Golf Course.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Golf

Saint Ignace

— 2 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 24th (Thu), do a tasting at Mackinac Island Winery, then examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., and then contemplate the long history of McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, look for gifts at Fort de Baude Museum, then step aboard Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, and finally walk around Bridge View Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Ignace trip builder tool.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace by ferry takes about an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): paddle through the water with Pictured Rocks Kayaking, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Point Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alger Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls.

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Traveling by car from Saint Ignace to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Munising sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Marquette

— 2 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Lakenenland Sculpture Park, take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, and then take a stroll through Downtown Marquette.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Marquette holiday maker app.

You can drive from Munising to Marquette in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Munising in September since evenings lows in Marquette dip to 10°C. On the 29th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Michigan travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.