20 days in Michigan Itinerary

20 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Mackinaw City
— 6 nights
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Alpena
— 5 nights
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Oscoda
— 5 nights
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Tawas City
— 3 nights
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Mackinaw City

— 6 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. Venture out of the city with trips to Gaylord's City Elk Park (in Gaylord), Grayling (Wellington Farm, Kayaking & Canoeing, &more) and Indian River (Arts & Adventure at BrassWind Landing & Cross In The Woods National Shrine). Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Headlands International Dark Sky Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., and explore the activities along Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mackinaw City road trip planning site.

Detroit to Mackinaw City is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Detroit in July; daily highs in Mackinaw City reach 73°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Alpena.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Alpena

— 5 nights
Alpena is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Alpena County. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alpena: Frederic (Forbush Corner Cross-Country Skiing & Sledheads of Frederic), Presque Isle (Old Presque Isle Lighthouse & New Presque Isle Lighthouse) and Hartwick Pines State Park (in Grayling). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, learn about winemaking at Thunder Bay Winery, learn about all things military at Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, and immerse yourself in nature at P.H. Hoeft State Park.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Alpena road trip planner.

You can drive from Mackinaw City to Alpena in 2 hours. When traveling from Mackinaw City in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Alpena: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Oscoda.

Things to do in Alpena

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Oscoda

— 5 nights
Oscoda is an unincorporated community in the U.S. state of Michigan located on the northern side of the Au Sable River where it enters Lake Huron. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oscoda: Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse (in Port Hope), Harrisville (Sturgeon Point Light House & Bailey School) and Mount Pleasant (Soaring Eagle Casino & Ziibiwing Center). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Oscoda Beach Park, immerse yourself in nature at North Higgins Lake State Park, walk around Harrisville State Park, and explore and take pictures at River Road Scenic Byway.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Oscoda trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Alpena to Oscoda takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tawas City.

Things to do in Oscoda

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Tawas City

— 3 nights
Tawas City is a city along Lake Huron in the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore Tawas City's surroundings by going to Albert E. Sleeper State Park (in Caseville), Rifle River Recreation Area (in Lupton) and Port Austin (Port Crescent State Park & The Huron County Nature Center & Wilderness Arboretum). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Lumberman's Monument Park, immerse yourself in nature at Tawas Point State Park, relax and rejuvenate at Oasis Salon & Spa, and stop by Ben Franklin Store.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tawas City visit planner.

Drive from Oscoda to Tawas City in an hour. July in Tawas City sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tawas City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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.