16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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Detroit
— 5 nights
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South Haven
— 3 nights
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
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Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
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Traverse City
— 3 nights

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Detroit

Detroit ©

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
The Henry Ford and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Detroit Historical Museum and Holocaust Memorial Center. Explore Detroit's surroundings by going to Kellogg Park (in Plymouth) and Ann Arbor (Argo Canoe Livery, Nickels Arcade, &more). And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, visit Mexicantown, examine the collection at Dossin Great Lakes Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Detroit trip planner.

Chicago to Detroit is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Detroit is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Detroit are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to South Haven.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

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South Haven

South Haven ©
South Haven is a city in the U.S. On the 21st (Fri), kick back and relax at Oval Beach, then get a new perspective on things with Running Rivers Paddle Board and Kayak Rentals-Day Rentals, and then take in the exciting artwork at J. Petter Galleries. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at South Haven Lighthouses, do a tasting at Cogdal Vineyards, and then enjoy the sand and surf at North Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read South Haven day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Detroit to South Haven takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In August in South Haven, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in South Haven

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Beaches

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Cogdal Vineyards
4.7
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North Beach
4.7
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Beach
Oval Beach
4.6

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Eagle Point Cave, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then steep yourself in history at Biddle House, and finally see the interesting displays at Liberty Lego Display. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island vacation builder site.

Fly from South Haven to Mackinac Island in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from South Haven in August, you will find days in Mackinac Island are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
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Fort Holmes
4.6

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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Mackinaw Parasailing & Jet Boat Adventures, have fun and explore at House of Glass, get engrossed in the history at Heritage Village at Mackinaw, then enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then see the interesting displays at Great Lake Light House Keepers, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park. On your second day here, take in the waterfront at Huron Boardwalk, look for gifts at Mackinac Fudge Shop, admire the striking features of Indian Village, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Wawatam Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinaw City trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

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Lighthouse
Wawatam Lighthouse
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Parasailing / Paragliding
Mackinaw Parasailing & Jet Boat Adventures
4.5

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Traverse City

Traverse City ©

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Clinch Park, do a tasting at Chateau de Leelanau, and then learn about winemaking at Suttons Bay Ciders. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Michigan Artists Gallery, play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery, then explore the world behind art at Dennos Museum Center, and finally do a tasting at Left Foot Charley Winery.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Mackinaw City to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mackinaw City in August, you will find days in Traverse City are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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Must see
Mari Vineyards
4.2
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Art Museum
Dennos Museum Center
4.6

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