16 days in Michigan Itinerary

16 days in Michigan Itinerary

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16 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
1
Muskegon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Mackinaw City
— 3 nights
ferry:  30​min
5
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Detroit
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

2
nights
Muskegon

Muskegon ©
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Muskegon Museum of Art, examine the collection at White River Light Station Museum, then steep yourself in history at USS LST 393, and finally see the interesting displays at USS Silversides Submarine Museum.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Muskegon trip itinerary planning site .

Charlotte to Muskegon is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Charlotte in August: high temperatures in Muskegon hover around 79°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Muskegon

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Michigan Maritime Museum, White River Light Station Museum, Holland Farmers Market, Fenn Valley Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
White River Light Station Museum ©
White River Light Station Museum
USS Silversides Submarine Museum ©
USS LST 393 ©
USS LST 393

2
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 11th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light, enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, then look for gifts at The Jam Farm, and finally enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse. On your second day here, step aboard S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia, then enjoy the sea views from Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, then get engrossed in the history at Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Stearns Park.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ludington trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Muskegon to Ludington takes an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manistee, Little Sable Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Little Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Little Sable Point Lighthouse
S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia ©

3
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 appreciate Dennos Museum Center and Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum. Point Betsie Lighthouse and Fishtown will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Historic Gaslight District (in Petoskey), Charlevoix (Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix & Castle Farms) and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (in Empire). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, go for a walk through Walk of Art, and view the masterpieces at Higher Art Gallery.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Ludington to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Traverse City are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Charlevoix, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Fishtown, Walk of Art, Point Betsie Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Castle Farms ©
Castle Farms
Fishtown ©
Fishtown
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum ©
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

3
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises and Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.. Do some cultural sightseeing at Seul Choix Point Lighthouse and Museum of Ojibwa Culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Sault Ste. Marie (Museum Ship Valley Camp & USDA Iroquois Lighthouse) and Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, stop by JoAnn's Fudge, walk around Bridge View Park, and take an in-depth tour of Mackinaw Bridge Museum.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinaw City online holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Mackinaw City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Traverse City in August, you will find days in Mackinaw City are slightly colder (72°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sault Ste. Marie, Saint Ignace, Cross In The Woods National Shrine, Seul Choix Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park
Seul Choix Point Lighthouse ©
Seul Choix Point Lighthouse
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Biddle House, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip itinerary planner .

Mackinac Island is just a stone's throw from Mackinaw City. In August, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

3
nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Get some historical perspective at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House and Fort Gratiot Lighthouse. Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad and The Henry Ford are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum in Ann Arbor (about 56 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Greenfield Village, take an in-depth tour of Detroit Historical Museum, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, and explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Detroit travel planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Mackinac Island to Detroit takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mackinac Island in August: highs in Detroit hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Dearborn, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, Fort Gratiot Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House ©
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant ©
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

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