16 days in Michigan Itinerary

16 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Houghton County Memorial Airport, Drive to Copper Harbor
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Copper Harbor
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City, MI, Taxi to Empire
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Empire
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ludington
— 3 nights
Drive

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Copper Harbor

— 1 night
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 9th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Manganese Falls and then look for all kinds of wild species at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Fort Wilkins State Park, admire all the interesting features of Brockway Mountain Drive, and then examine the collection at Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Copper Harbor sightseeing app.

Indianapolis to Copper Harbor is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Indianapolis in August; daily highs in Copper Harbor reach 71°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy, then view the masterpieces at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, and then admire the sheer force of Miners Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Tannery Falls and then admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Munising visit planning site.

Drive from Copper Harbor to Munising in 4 hours. August in Munising sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Saint Ignace

— 2 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 13th (Fri), stroll around Bridge View Park, immerse yourself in nature at Straits State Park, then admire the striking features of Indian Village, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and finally stop by Fort de Baude Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Castle Rock, then enjoy the sea views from McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, and then identify plant and animal life at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Saint Ignace route website.

You can drive from Munising to Saint Ignace in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Saint Ignace sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 3 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Get some historical perspective at St Anne's Catholic Church and Biddle House. Explore hidden gems such as Great Turtle Kayak Tours and Fort Holmes. There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, play a few rounds at Jewel Golf Course, see the interesting displays at Liberty Lego Display, and head off the coast to Eagle Point Cave.

Plan a Mackinac Island trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island by ferry takes about an hour. August in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Empire.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Empire

— 4 nights
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishtown and Pyramid Point Trail. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Point Betsie Lighthouse and South Manitou Island Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Frankfort Beach (in Frankfort) and Carlson's Fishery (in Leland). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along Dunes Trail, stroll through Lake Michigan Beach Park, and look for gifts at Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Empire online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Empire by combination of ferry, bus, and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Ludington

— 3 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. You'll get in some beach time at Stearns Park and First Street Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Big Sable Point Lighthouse and Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Mears (Off-Road Tours & Silver Lake State Park). There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from Ludington North Breakwater Light, stop by The Jam Farm, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Father Jacques Marquette Shrine.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ludington trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Empire to Ludington by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ludington are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Ludington

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

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.