26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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Chicago
— 1 night
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Beverly Shores
— 1 night
3
Michigan City
— 1 night
4
New Buffalo
— 2 nights
5
Muskegon
— 2 nights
6
Whitehall
— 1 night
7
Pentwater
— 1 night
8
Ludington
— 1 night
9
Manistee
— 1 night
10
Frankfort
— 4 nights
11
Traverse City
— 2 nights
12
Charlevoix
— 1 night
13
Petoskey
— 1 night
14
Harbor Springs
— 1 night
15
Mackinaw City
— 1 night
16
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
17
Manistique
— 2 nights

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at First Division Museum at Cantigny, thensteep yourself in history at Cantigny Park, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Baha'i House of Worship, and finally take a stroll through Andersonville.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chicago trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chicago. September in Chicago sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Beverly Shores.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wheaton, Baha'i House of Worship
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First Division Museum at Cantigny ©
First Division Museum at Cantigny
Baha'i House of Worship ©
Baha'i House of Worship
Cantigny Park ©
Cantigny Park

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Beverly Shores

Beverly Shores
Beverly Shores is a town in Pine Township, Porter County, Indiana, United States, about 36mi east of downtown Chicago. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at North Shore Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Beverly Shores road trip planning app.

Drive from Chicago to Beverly Shores in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Chicago in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Beverly Shores, with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Michigan City.

Things to do in Beverly Shores

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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Michigan City

Michigan City ©
Michigan City is a city in LaPorte County, Indiana, United States. On the 5th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of La Porte County Historical Society Museum, look for gifts at Stateline Blueberries, thenstroll through Michigan City Beach, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Lighthouse & Pier.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Michigan City driving holiday planner.

Michigan City is just a short distance from Beverly Shores. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to New Buffalo.

Things to do in Michigan City

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

La Porte County Historical Society Museum
Highlights from your plan
La Porte County Historical Society Museum ©
Stateline Blueberries ©
Stateline Blueberries

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New Buffalo

New Buffalo ©
New Buffalo is a city in Berrien County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): go for a stroll along the water at Oselka Marina, thensample the fine beverages at Journeyman Distillery, and then see the interesting displays at Hesston Steam Museum. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Galien River County Park, thenlearn about winemaking at St. Julian Winery & Distillery, thendo a tasting at Domaine Berrien Cellars, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Grand Mere State Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the New Buffalo road trip website.

New Buffalo is very close to Michigan City. In September in New Buffalo, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Muskegon.

Things to do in New Buffalo

Parks Wineries Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Hesston Steam Museum, St. Julian Winery & Distillery, Grand Mere State Park, Journeyman Distillery, Domaine Berrien Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Journeyman Distillery ©
Journeyman Distillery
St. Julian Winery & Distillery ©
St. Julian Winery & Distillery
Hesston Steam Museum ©
Hesston Steam Museum

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Muskegon

Muskegon ©
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. On the 8th (Sun), steep yourself in history at USS LST 393, thenadmire the masterpieces at Muskegon Museum of Art, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakeshore Bike Trail. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Muskegon Heritage Museum, examine the collection at Lakeshore Museum Center, take in nature's colorful creations at The Monet Garden of Muskegon, examine the collection at Fire Barn Museum, thencontemplate the long history of Hackley and Hume Historic Site, and finally look for gifts at The Cheese Lady.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Muskegon day trip tool.

You can drive from New Buffalo to Muskegon in 2 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Whitehall.

Things to do in Muskegon

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lakeshore Bike Trail ©
Lakeshore Bike Trail
USS LST 393 ©
USS LST 393
Hackley and Hume Historic Site ©
Hackley and Hume Historic Site

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Whitehall

Whitehall ©
Whitehall is a city in Muskegon County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll through Meinert Park, do a tasting at Oceana Winery and Vineyard, thenindulge your thirst for a good beer at Fetch Brewing Company, and finally examine the collection at Montague Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Whitehall trip planner.

Whitehall is just a short distance from Muskegon. September in Whitehall sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pentwater.

Things to do in Whitehall

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Montague, Oceana Winery and Vineyard
Highlights from your plan
Oceana Winery and Vineyard ©
Oceana Winery and Vineyard
Fetch Brewing Company ©
Fetch Brewing Company

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Pentwater

Pentwater ©
Pentwater is a village in Oceana County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): grab your bike and head to William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail, do a tasting at The Fox Barn Winery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pentwater online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Whitehall to Pentwater in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Pentwater

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hart, The Fox Barn Winery
Highlights from your plan
The Fox Barn Winery ©
The Fox Barn Winery
Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access ©

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Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, have fun and explore at Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, and then play a few rounds at Hemlock Golf Club.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ludington trip planning tool.

Ludington is just a stone's throw from Pentwater. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manistee.

Things to do in Ludington

Golf Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hemlock Golf Club ©
Hemlock Golf Club
Port of Ludington Maritime Museum ©
Port of Ludington Maritime Museum

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Manistee

Manistee ©
Manistee is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, do a tasting at Douglas Valley Winery, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary, thensteep yourself in history at S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia, and finally kick back and relax at Fifth Avenue Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Manistee online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Ludington to Manistee in an hour. In September, daytime highs in Manistee are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Frankfort.

Things to do in Manistee

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary ©
Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary
S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia ©
S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia
Fifth Avenue Beach ©
Fifth Avenue Beach

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Frankfort

Frankfort is a city in Benzie County in the U.S. Shop till you drop at Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery and Crystal Lake Alpacas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glen Haven Historical Village and Elberta Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Frankfort: South Manitou Island Lighthouse (in Glen Arbor), Rogers Street Fishing Village (in Two Rivers) and Kewaunee (Parallel 44 Winery and Vineyard & Tug Ludington). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get engrossed in the history at Benzie Area Historical Society & Museum, and trek along Arcadia Dunes CS Mott Nature Preserve.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Frankfort itinerary planner.

Getting from Manistee to Frankfort by car takes about an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Frankfort

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Arcadia, Kewaunee, Benzie Area Historical Society & Museum, Elberta Beach, South Manitou Island Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Parallel 44 Winery and Vineyard ©
Parallel 44 Winery and Vineyard
Rogers Street Fishing Village ©
Rogers Street Fishing Village

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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.
On the 18th (Wed), get a taste of the local shopping with Michigan Artists Gallery, explore the galleries of Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, do a tasting at Leelanau Wine Cellars, thendo a tasting at Blustone Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Mari Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Left Foot Charley Winery, do a tasting at Rove Estate Tasting Room and Vineyard, learn about winemaking at Shady Lane Cellars, thendo a tasting at 45 North Vineyard & Winery, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Northern Latitudes Distillery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Traverse City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Frankfort to Traverse City takes an hour. In September in Traverse City, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Charlevoix.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Leelanau, Leelanau Wine Cellars, Shady Lane Cellars, Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum
Highlights from your plan
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum ©
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum
Leelanau Wine Cellars ©
Leelanau Wine Cellars
45 North Vineyard & Winery ©
45 North Vineyard & Winery

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Charlevoix

Charlevoix ©
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): browse the fresh offerings at John Cross Fisheries, enjoy the sea views from Charlevoix South Pier Light Station, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at North Point Nature Preserve, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Royal Farms, Inc..

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Charlevoix trip planner.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Charlevoix takes 1.5 hours. September in Charlevoix sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Royal Farms, Inc.
Highlights from your plan
Charlevoix South Pier Light Station ©
Charlevoix South Pier Light Station
Royal Farms, Inc. ©
Royal Farms, Inc.
North Point Nature Preserve ©
North Point Nature Preserve

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Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at North Western State Trail, learn about winemaking at Walloon Lake Winery, do a tasting at Resort Pike Cidery and Winery, do a tasting at Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery, thendo a tasting at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Petoskey trip itinerary maker.

Petoskey is just a stone's throw from Charlevoix. In September in Petoskey, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Harbor Springs.

Things to do in Petoskey

Wineries Trails Parks

Side Trip

Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Walloon Lake Winery ©
Walloon Lake Winery
Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery ©
Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery
Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery ©
Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery

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Harbor Springs

Harbor Springs ©
Harbor Springs is a city and resort community in Emmet County in the U.S. On the 22nd (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, thenlearn about winemaking at Pond Hill Farm Winery, thendo a tasting at Pleasantview Vineyards & Winery, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Oden State Fish Hatchery.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Harbor Springs journey planning tool.

Harbor Springs is very close to Petoskey. In September, daily temperatures in Harbor Springs can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Harbor Springs

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

The Oden State Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Thorne Swift Nature Preserve ©
Thorne Swift Nature Preserve
Pond Hill Farm Winery ©
Pond Hill Farm Winery
Pleasantview Vineyards & Winery ©
Pleasantview Vineyards & Winery

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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. On the 23rd (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, thenexamine the collection at Great Lake Light House Keepers, and then explore the striking landscape of Headlands International Dark Sky Park. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Marshall's Fudge and Candy Company, walk around Gary R Williams Memorial Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park, thenstroll around Maritime Park, thentake an in-depth tour of Heritage Village at Mackinaw, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Three Pines Studio.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinaw City online day trip planner.

You can drive from Harbor Springs to Mackinaw City in an hour. In September, daytime highs in Mackinaw City are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Three Pines Studio
Highlights from your plan
Headlands International Dark Sky Park ©
Headlands International Dark Sky Park
Three Pines Studio ©
Three Pines Studio
Heritage Village at Mackinaw ©
Heritage Village at Mackinaw

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop, thencontemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island by ferry takes about an hour. In September in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Round Island Lighthouse ©
Round Island Lighthouse
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Fort Holmes ©
Fort Holmes

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Manistique

Manistique ©
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Get some historical perspective at Sand Point Lighthouse and Peninsula Point Lighthouse. Garden Bay Winery and Lake Effect Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manistique: Munising (Chapel Falls, Tannery Falls, &more). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Indian Lake State Park, do a tasting at Mackinaw Trail Winery, relax in the rural setting at Thompson State Fish Hatchery, and stop by The Mustard Seed.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Manistique trip builder app.

Explore your travel options from Mackinac Island to Manistique with the Route module. Traveling from Mackinac Island in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Manistique, with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Munising, Garden Bay Winery, Peninsula Point Lighthouse, Sand Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Indian Lake State Park ©
Indian Lake State Park
Tannery Falls ©
Tannery Falls
Sand Point Lighthouse ©
Sand Point Lighthouse

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