21 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

21 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Holland
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
3
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
4
Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Duluth
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Wisconsin Dells
— 3 nights
Drive
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Milwaukee
— 2 nights
Fly

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Holland

— 3 nights
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Haven Lighthouses and Saugatuck Dunes State Park. Get in touch with nature at Pere Marquette Park and Oval Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Holland side-trips: Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart), Boat Tours & Water Sports (in South Haven) and Silver Beach County Park (in Saint Joseph). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Holland trip maker app.

New York City to Holland is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 60°F in Holland. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Holland

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fishtown and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Visiting Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and Empire Bluff Trail will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: walk around Sunset Park, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Traverse City road trip site.

Traveling by car from Holland to Traverse City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. August in Traverse City sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Eagle Point Cave, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at The Big Store, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then make a trip to Fort Holmes, and finally get outside with The Greens of Mackinac.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in August, you will find days in Mackinac Island are slightly colder (72°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Mackinaw City

— 2 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, walk around Bridge View Park, and then make a trip to Soo Locks. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, then enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mackinaw City trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City takes an hour. August in Mackinaw City sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 20th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, then admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Munising Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), then take in the dramatic scenery at Alger Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Munising trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Mackinaw City to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Munising are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Duluth.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Duluth

— 3 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Lakewalk and Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Park Point and Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duluth: Two Harbors (Split Rock Lighthouse & Gooseberry Falls State Park). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, explore the striking landscape of Congdon Park, snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, and walk around Canal Park.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Duluth online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Munising to Duluth in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Duluth

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Wisconsin Dells

— 3 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Escape the urban bustle at International Crane Foundation and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 25th (Tue) at Noah's Ark Water Park. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, walk around Wisconsin Deer Park, admire the majestic nature at Devil's Lake State Park, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Wisconsin Dells travel route planner.

You can drive from Duluth to Wisconsin Dells in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Duluth, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wisconsin Dells, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Milwaukee

— 2 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take a stroll through Historic Third Ward, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverwalk, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lakefront Brewery. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Milwaukee County Zoo, contemplate the long history of Pabst Mansion, and then explore the world behind art at Milwaukee Art Museum.

Plan my trip to Milwaukee with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Wisconsin Dells to Milwaukee by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Milwaukee can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums