16 days in Michigan Itinerary

16 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Muskegon
— 1 night
Drive
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Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Empire
— 3 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mackinaw City
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
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Muskegon

— 1 night
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): steep yourself in history at USS LST 393, examine the collection at USS Silversides Submarine Museum, and then stroll through Pere Marquette Park. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Hoffmaster State Park, then enjoy the sea views from Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, and then immerse yourself in nature at Grand Haven State Park.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Muskegon driving holiday planning tool.

Washington DC to Muskegon is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, Muskegon is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Muskegon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Ludington

— 2 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On your second day here, visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, and then visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ludington day trip app.

Drive from Muskegon to Ludington in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Ludington are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Empire.

Things to do in Ludington

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Empire

— 3 nights
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Empire Bluff Trail and Crystal Mountain. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Point Betsie Lighthouse and Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Step out of Empire to go to Frankfort and see Frankfort Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lake Michigan Beach Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dunes Trail, trek along Pyramid Point Trail, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Empire travel planner.

Drive from Ludington to Empire in 2 hours. In August in Empire, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Empire

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Munising

— 3 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Lakenenland Sculpture Park and Palms Book State Park. Get outdoors at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Sand Point Beach. Explore Munising's surroundings by going to Downtown Marquette (in Marquette) and Manistique (The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls and look for gifts at UP-Scale Art.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Munising trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Empire to Munising takes 5 hours. August in Munising sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Mackinaw City

— 3 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc. and Museum of Ojibwa Culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises and McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mackinaw City: Petoskey (Petoskey State Park, Historic Gaslight District, &more). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Straits State Park, take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock, and get a taste of the local shopping with Fort de Baude Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mackinaw City journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Munising to Mackinaw City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Mackinaw City, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 3 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. St Anne's Catholic Church and Fort Holmes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Biddle House and Fort Mackinac. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Eagle Point Cave, see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island in an hour. August in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

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.