22 days in Michigan, Indiana & Ohio Itinerary

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Traverse City
— 4 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
— 4 nights
— 4 nights


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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mission Point Lighthouse and Fishtown. Popular historic sites such as Point Betsie Lighthouse and Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Kayaking & Canoeing (in Grayling), Ludington State Park (in Ludington) and Empire (Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive & Empire Bluff Trail). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Front Street, sample the fine beverages at Northern Latitudes Distillery, and do a tasting at Bowers Harbor Vineyards.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Traverse City road trip planning site.

London, UK to Traverse City is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in June: highs in Traverse City hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips

Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fort Mackinac, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and then don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then steep yourself in history at Trinity Church, and finally see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island trip maker website.

Getting from Traverse City to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in June, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Mackinaw City.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Mackinaw City — 2 nights

Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 12th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, enjoy the sea views from McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, and then examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Mackinaw Bridge Museum, then contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Heritage Village at Mackinaw.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mackinaw City tour site.

You can ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Munising.
Museums · Historic Sites

Munising — 3 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Escape the urban bustle at Miners Castle Rock and Munising Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) and Wagner Falls. Go for a jaunt from Munising to Manistique to see Palms Book State Park about 1h 5 min away. It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Munising itinerary planner.

Getting from Mackinaw City to Munising by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Munising sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Marquette.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trip

Marquette — 2 nights

Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stop by Downtown Marquette, admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Marquette Maritime Museum and then take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Marquette trip itinerary app.

Drive from Munising to Marquette in an hour. In June, daytime highs in Marquette are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can fly to Indianapolis.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Indianapolis — 4 nights

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Popular historic sites such as Spring Mill State Park and Indianapolis Museum of Art are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Eiteljorg Museum and Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Indianapolis: Bluespring Caverns (in Bedford) and Turkey Run State Park (in Marshall). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Indiana War Memorial, examine the collection at Fanimation Antique Fan Museum, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Indianapolis trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Marquette to Indianapolis in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Marquette in June, with highs in Indianapolis at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Cleveland.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Cleveland — 4 nights

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Visit Lake View Cemetery and Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum for their historical value. Let the collections at USS Cod Submarine Memorial and Liberty Aviation Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Marblehead Lighthouse State Park in Marblehead (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Heinen's Downtown, and make a trip to Wade Memorial Chapel.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cleveland trip planner.

Getting from Indianapolis to Cleveland by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Indianapolis in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Cleveland, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

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.

Indiana travel guide

Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.

Ohio travel guide

Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.