15 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

15 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

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15 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  5​h
1
Traverse City
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Charlevoix
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Arcadia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Ludington
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Saint Louis

5
nights
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.
Explore Traverse City's surroundings by going to Fishtown (in Leland), Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor) and Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore & Empire Bluff Trail). There's much more to do: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, trek along Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and enjoy the sea views from Old Mission Lighthouse.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip maker tool .

Saint Louis to Traverse City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Traverse City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Saint Louis in June, expect Traverse City to be slightly colder, temps between 76°F and 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Charlevoix.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Empire, Suttons Bay, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, Fishtown, Lake Ann Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

3
nights
Charlevoix

Charlevoix
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Harbor Springs (Thorne Swift Nature Preserve & Pond Hill Farm), The Oden State Fish Hatchery (in Alanson) and Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark (in Boyne Falls). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castle Farms, browse the eclectic array of goods at Boyne City Farmer's Market, relax in the rural setting at King Orchards, and don't miss a visit to Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Charlevoix trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Charlevoix takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Charlevoix: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Arcadia.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Boyne City, Harbor Springs, King Orchards, The Oden State Fish Hatchery, Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Island State Park
Fisherman's Island State Park
Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix ©
Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix
Castle Farms ©
Castle Farms

3
nights
Arcadia

Arcadia ©
Arcadia Township is a civil township of Manistee County in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Arcadia: Manistee (First Street Beach, Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, & more) and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive (in Empire). There's much more to do: play a few rounds at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Betsie Valley Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Arcadia route maker .

Traveling by car from Charlevoix to Arcadia takes 2 hours. June in Arcadia sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Arcadia

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Manistee, Frankfort, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, St. Ambrose Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club ©
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Fifth Avenue Beach ©
Fifth Avenue Beach

3
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Step out of Ludington with an excursion to Magoon Creek Park in Manistee--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, walk around Scottville Riverside Park, explore the engaging exhibits at Sandcastles Children's Museum, and enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ludington online tour planner .

You can drive from Arcadia to Ludington in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Magoon Creek Park, Scottville Riverside Park
Highlights from your plan
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Ludington Waterfront Park ©
Ludington Waterfront Park
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse