18 days in Michigan Itinerary

18 days in Michigan Itinerary

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18 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Louisville
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
1
Petoskey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Empire
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Paradise
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Mackinaw City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Charlevoix
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
End: Louisville

3
nights
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Little Traverse Wheelway and Peninsula Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Petoskey: Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River) and Lewiston Beach (in Lewiston). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District, try your luck at Odawa Casino, admire the majestic nature at Petoskey State Park, and learn about winemaking at Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Petoskey trip itinerary maker .

Louisville to Petoskey is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Louisville in August, with highs in Petoskey at 75°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Empire.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lewiston Beach, Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery, Cross In The Woods National Shrine, Peninsula Beach
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Petoskey State Park
Petoskey State Park

2
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): look for gifts at Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor, identify plant and animal life at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and then trek along Empire Bluff Trail. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Michigan Beach Park.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Empire trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Petoskey to Empire by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Paradise.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Point Betsie Lighthouse, Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor
Highlights from your plan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor
Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor

3
nights
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at 12-Mile Beach and then visit a coastal fixture at Crisp Point Lighthouse.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paradise online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Empire to Paradise by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Empire in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Paradise, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Traverse City.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

12-Mile Beach, Crisp Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Mission Lighthouse and Fishtown. Relax by the water at Clinch Park and Sunset Park. Change things up with a short trip to Kayaking & Canoeing in Grayling (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Front Street, buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Traverse City vacation website .

Getting from Paradise to Traverse City by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Paradise in August, expect Traverse City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 79°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Fishtown, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©
Grand Traverse Distillery ©
Grand Traverse Distillery

3
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Get some historical perspective at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., get great views at Castle Rock, and contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mackinaw City trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Traverse City to Mackinaw City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Traverse City in August: highs in Mackinaw City hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Charlevoix.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Saint Ignace
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Michilimackinac ©
Colonial Michilimackinac
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Charlevoix

Charlevoix
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. We've included these beaches for you: Depot Beach and Michigan Beach Park. Get outdoors at Young State Park and Fisherman's Island State Park. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castle Farms, do a tasting at Royal Farms, Inc., visit a coastal fixture at Charlevoix South Pier Light Station, and don't miss a visit to Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Charlevoix day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mackinaw City to Charlevoix takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Young State Park, Royal Farms, Inc.
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Island State Park
Fisherman's Island State Park
Castle Farms ©
Castle Farms
Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix ©

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