15 days in Michigan Itinerary

15 days in Michigan Itinerary

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15 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Train:  1​h 45​min
1
Saint Joseph
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Mears
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Traverse City
— 4 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
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph ©
St. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Michigan Maritime Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kal Haven Trail. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Chocolate Garden, have fun and explore at Curious Kids' Museum, enjoy the sea views from St. Joseph Lighthouses, then find something for the whole family at Silver Beach Carousel, and finally admire all the interesting features of Whirlpool Compass Fountain.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint Joseph trip planner .

Chicago to Saint Joseph is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to Saint Joseph, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Saint Joseph, with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Mears.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

South Haven, Chocolate Garden
Highlights from your plan
Michigan Maritime Museum ©
Michigan Maritime Museum
Curious Kids' Museum ©
Curious Kids' Museum
Whirlpool Compass Fountain ©
Whirlpool Compass Fountain

2
nights
Mears

Mears ©
Golden Township is a civil township of Oceana County in the U.S. On the 29th (Mon), stop by The Jam Farm, then enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Stearns Park, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Lake State Park, and then stroll around Silver Lake State Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Mears trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Saint Joseph to Mears takes 2.5 hours. July in Mears sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mears

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ludington, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access
Highlights from your plan
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Silver Lake State Park ©
Silver Lake State Park

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Music House Museum and Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Point Betsie Lighthouse and Fishtown. Get out of town with these interesting Traverse City side-trips: Charlevoix (Castle Farms & Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix), Little Traverse Wheelway (in Petoskey) and Empire Bluff Trail (in Empire). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Clinch Park, look for gifts at Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor, grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Traverse City tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Mears to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Glen Arbor, Charlevoix, Empire Bluff Trail, Point Betsie Lighthouse, Music House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Castle Farms ©
Castle Farms
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): tee off at Jewel Golf Course, then contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, examine the collection at Liberty Lego Display, head off the coast to Eagle Point Cave, then identify plant and animal life at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, then contemplate the long history of Biddle House, and finally examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island trip maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Traverse City in August: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors Historic Sites Golf
Highlights from your plan
Jewel Golf Course ©
Jewel Golf Course
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church

2
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., examine the collection at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then stroll around Bridge View Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Deer Ranch, then immerse yourself in nature at Wilderness State Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mackinaw City tour builder website .

Mackinaw City is very close to Mackinac Island. In August, daily temperatures in Mackinaw City can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Cross In The Woods National Shrine, Wilderness State Park
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Ojibwa Culture ©
Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©
Wilderness State Park
Wilderness State Park

3
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tannery Falls and Fayette Historic State Park. Take a break from the city and head to The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk and Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring). Go for a jaunt from Munising to Manistique to see Palms Book State Park about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Point Beach and take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Munising day trip planning tool .

Getting from Mackinaw City to Munising by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Munising sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manistique, Fayette Historic State Park
Highlights from your plan
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park

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