24 days in Michigan Itinerary

24 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Grand Haven
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Muskegon
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Ludington
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Frankfort
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Traverse City
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Petoskey
— 2 nights
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Harbor Springs
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Munising
— 1 night
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Marquette
— 2 nights
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Sault Ste. Marie
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Bus to Mackinaw City, MI, Foot to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
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Presque Isle
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Hillman
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Grand Haven — 2 nights

Grand Haven is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Ottawa County. Your day by day itinerary now includes Tri-Cities Historical Museum, Grand Haven Musical Fountain and Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier. On the 6th (Wed), ponder the design of Grand Haven Musical Fountain, take an in-depth tour of Tri-Cities Historical Museum, then see the interesting displays at Midwest Miniatures Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, and finally hike along Rosy Mound Natural Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Lakeshore Bike Trail, take an in-depth tour of Muskegon Heritage Museum, then see the interesting displays at Lakeshore Museum Center, and finally admire the masterpieces at Muskegon Museum of Art.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Haven online vacation planner.

Lapeer to Grand Haven is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. In July, daily temperatures in Grand Haven can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Muskegon.
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Muskegon — 2 nights

Muskegon is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, and is the largest populated city on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Kruse Park, see the interesting displays at USS Silversides Submarine Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at Muskegon South Pierhead Lighthouse, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pere Marquette Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Lakeshore Museum Center, take an in-depth tour of Muskegon Heritage Museum, then explore the galleries of Milwaukee Clipper Preservation INC, and finally stroll through Lakeshore Bike Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Muskegon road trip planning site.

Muskegon is just a short distance from Grand Haven. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Ludington.
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Ludington — 2 nights

Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stroll around Ludington State Park, enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, walk around Stearns Park, then learn about winemaking at Love Wines, LLC, and finally tee off at Hemlock Golf Club. On your second day here, tee off at Manistee National Golf & Resort, then take a leisurely stroll along Manistee Riverwalk, then stroll through Fifth Avenue Beach, and finally kick back and relax at First Street Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ludington trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Muskegon to Ludington takes an hour. In July, daytime highs in Ludington are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Frankfort.
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Frankfort — 2 nights

Frankfort is a city in Benzie County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Elberta Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary, stop by Wee Bee Jammin', then hike along Arcadia Dunes CS Mott Nature Preserve, and finally identify plant and animal life at Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Old Indian Trail, let the river carry you with Tubing on the Platte River, cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, then enjoy the sand and surf at Platte Point Beach, and finally do a tasting at St. Ambrose Cellars.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Frankfort online visit planner.

Getting from Ludington to Frankfort by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Traverse City.
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Traverse City — 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): wander the streets of Front Street, learn and have fun at Higher Art Gallery, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally learn about winemaking at Left Foot Charley Winery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Frankfort to Traverse City in an hour. In July in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Petoskey.
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Petoskey — 2 nights

Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Petoskey State Park, learn about winemaking at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, see the interesting displays at Little Traverse History Museum, then visit Historic Gaslight District, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at North Western State Trail. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Crooked Tree Golf Club, then grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway, then do a tasting at Walloon Lake Winery, and finally do a tasting at Resort Pike Cidery and Winery.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Petoskey journey planner.

Getting from Traverse City to Petoskey by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Traverse City in July, plan for slightly colder days in Petoskey, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Harbor Springs.
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Harbor Springs — 2 nights

Harbor Springs is a city and resort community in Emmet County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: play a few rounds at Boyne Highlands, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Oden State Fish Hatchery, then do a tasting at Pond Hill Farm Winery, and finally admire all the interesting features of Tunnel of Trees - M119.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Harbor Springs travel route planner.

Harbor Springs is just a stone's throw from Petoskey. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Munising.
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Munising — 1 night

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stroll through Miner's Beach, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Munising trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Harbor Springs to Munising takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Marquette.
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Marquette — 2 nights

Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Upper Peninsula, examine the collection at Marquette Regional History Center, have fun and explore at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Blackrocks Brewery, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Marquette.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Marquette trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Munising to Marquette takes an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Sault Ste. Marie.
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Sault Ste. Marie — 2 nights

Sault Ste. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Water Street Historic Block, enjoy breathtaking views from Tower of History, then take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, then see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and finally see the sky in a new way at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Bird's Eye Outfitters, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name of Mary Church, then tee off at Wild Bluff Golf Course, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Point Iroquois Lighthouse.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sault Ste. Marie travel route planning site.

You can drive from Marquette to Sault Ste. Marie in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. July in Sault Ste. Marie sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.
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Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, then tee off at Jewel Golf Course, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse. On the next day, paddle through the water with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, get interesting insight from Mackinac Cycle, then contemplate the long history of Biddle House, then steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, and finally stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Sault Ste. Marie to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Presque Isle.
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Presque Isle — 2 nights

Presque Isle Township is a civil township of Presque Isle County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at New Presque Isle Lighthouse and then admire the sheer force of Ocqueoc Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Lakeside Park and then brush up on your military savvy at Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Presque Isle itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mackinac Island to Presque Isle. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, you will find days in Presque Isle are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Hillman.
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Hillman — 2 nights

Hillman is a village in Alpena and Montmorency counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Brush Creek Mill. On your second day here, play a few rounds at Thunder Bay Resort Golf Course, admire the majestic nature at P.H. Hoeft State Park, then don't miss a visit to 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Onaway State Park.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hillman road trip site.

Traveling by car from Presque Isle to Hillman takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Hillman are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Fri) before leaving for home.
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Michigan travel guide

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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.
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