18 days in Michigan Itinerary

18 days in Michigan Itinerary

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18 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Traverse City
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Mears
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Saint Ignace
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manistique
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Marquette
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Drive + ferry:  6​h 45​min
6
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
7
Glen Arbor
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: New York City

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Frankfort Beach and Haserot Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Michigan Beach Park and Grand Traverse Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Traverse City side-trips: Michigan Beach Park (in Charlevoix) and Platte Point Beach (in Honor). There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Northern Latitudes Distillery and go for a walk through Walk of Art.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Traverse City trip planner.

New York City to Traverse City is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in August; daily highs in Traverse City reach 79°F and lows reach 60°F. You'll set off for Mears on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Northern Latitudes Distillery, Lake Michigan Beach Park, Michigan Beach Park, Frankfort Beach, Walk of Art
Highlights from your plan
Northern Latitudes Distillery ©
Northern Latitudes Distillery
Walk of Art ©
Walk of Art

3
nights
Mears

Mears ©
Golden Township is a civil township of Oceana County in the U.S. Little Sable Point Lighthouse has been added to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Silver Lake State Park and Sandcastles Children's Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Rainbow Ranch and Fifth Avenue Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mears: Manistee (First Street Beach & S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia). It doesn't end there: stop by The Jam Farm.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Mears online vacation planner .

You can drive from Traverse City to Mears in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mears

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manistee, Ludington, Rainbow Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Silver Lake State Park ©
Silver Lake State Park
Sandcastles Children's Museum ©
Sandcastles Children's Museum
Little Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Little Sable Point Lighthouse

1
night
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 25th (Tue), wander the wide-open spaces of Deer Ranch, visit a coastal fixture at Wawatam Lighthouse, then take a leisurely stroll along Huron Boardwalk, and finally look for gifts at Mackinac Fudge Shop.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Ignace trip maker app .

Getting from Mears to Saint Ignace by car takes about 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Deer Ranch ©
Deer Ranch
Wawatam Lighthouse ©
Wawatam Lighthouse
Mackinac Fudge Shop ©
Mackinac Fudge Shop

2
nights
Manistique

Manistique ©
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): do a tasting at Mackinaw Trail Winery, then experience rural life at Thompson State Fish Hatchery, then get a taste of the local shopping with Lake Effect Art Gallery, and finally look for gifts at The Mustard Seed. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Historical Village Fayette Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Hiawatha National Forest, and then do a tasting at Garden Bay Winery.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Manistique trip itinerary app .

Drive from Saint Ignace to Manistique in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Saint Ignace in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Manistique, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Marquette.

Things to do in Manistique

Shopping Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Hiawatha National Forest, Historical Village Fayette Park, Garden Bay Winery
Highlights from your plan
Lake Effect Art Gallery ©
Lake Effect Art Gallery
Historical Village Fayette Park ©
Historical Village Fayette Park
Mackinaw Trail Winery ©
Mackinaw Trail Winery

2
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): examine the collection at Marquette Maritime Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, then relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy, and finally hike along Iron Ore Heritage Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Dead River Falls and then see the interesting displays at Marquette Regional History Center.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Marquette tour itinerary website .

Getting from Manistique to Marquette by car takes about 2 hours. August in Marquette sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Marquette

Museums Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Upper Peninsula Children's Museum ©
Upper Peninsula Children's Museum
Dead River Falls ©
Dead River Falls
Jilbert Dairy ©
Jilbert Dairy

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fort Mackinac, Arch Rock and Great Turtle Kayak Tours. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, head off the coast to Eagle Point Cave, then stop by Island House Bike Shop, and finally contemplate the long history of Biddle House.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Marquette to Mackinac Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Marquette in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Mackinac Island, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

2
nights
Glen Arbor

Glen Arbor ©
Glen Arbor Township is a civil township of Leelanau County in the U.S. Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail has been added to your itinerary. Family-friendly places like Elberta Beach and Platte Point Beach will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like D.H. Day Campground and Arcadia Dunes CS Mott Nature Preserve. There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from South Manitou Island Lighthouse, learn about winemaking at Good Harbor Vineyards, and stop by The Cottage Book Shop.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Glen Arbor travel itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mackinac Island to Glen Arbor. September in Glen Arbor sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glen Arbor

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Good Harbor Vineyards, Platte Point Beach, Elberta Beach, Arcadia Dunes CS Mott Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
D.H. Day Campground ©
D.H. Day Campground
South Manitou Island Lighthouse ©
South Manitou Island Lighthouse
The Cottage Book Shop ©
The Cottage Book Shop

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