17 days in Atlanta & Northwest Michigan Itinerary

17 days in Atlanta & Northwest Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Atlanta
— 6 nights
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Traverse City
— 4 nights
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Charlevoix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ludington
— 3 nights
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Atlanta

— 6 nights

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Atlanta: Old Sautee Store (in Sautee Nacoochee), Helen (Zipline & Anna Ruby Falls) and Stone Mountain Park (in Stone Mountain). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Georgia Aquarium, walk around Centennial Olympic Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Atlanta Botanical Garden, and steep yourself in history at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Atlanta day trip app.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Atlanta. In May, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor) and Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire Bluff Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, get interesting insight from Tours, buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Traverse City road trip planning site.

You can fly from Atlanta to Traverse City in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Atlanta in May, with highs in Traverse City at 67°F and lows at 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Charlevoix.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Charlevoix

— 3 nights
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. When in Charlevoix, make a side trip to see The Oden State Fish Hatchery in Alanson, approximately Alanson away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, stroll around Michigan Beach Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Boyne City Farmer's Market, and get curious at Raven Hill Discovery Center.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Charlevoix trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Traverse City to Charlevoix in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in May, expect nights in Charlevoix to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ludington.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ludington

— 3 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Venture out of the city with trips to Dublin General Store LTD (in Wellston) and Manistee (Magoon Creek Park & Fifth Avenue Beach). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Ludington State Park, explore the engaging exhibits at Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, enjoy the sea views from Ludington North Breakwater Light, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Father Jacques Marquette Shrine.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ludington trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Charlevoix to Ludington in 3 hours. May in Ludington sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips