26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Chicago
— 1 night
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Beverly Shores
— 1 night
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Michigan City
— 1 night
Drive
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New Buffalo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Muskegon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Whitehall
— 1 night
Drive
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Pentwater
— 1 night
Drive
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Ludington
— 1 night
Drive
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Manistee
— 1 night
Drive
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Frankfort
— 4 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charlevoix
— 1 night
Drive
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Petoskey
— 1 night
Drive
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Harbor Springs
— 1 night
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Mackinaw City
— 1 night
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Fly to Chippewa County International Airport, Drive to Manistique
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Manistique
— 2 nights
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Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

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, then steep yourself in history at Cantigny Park, then take 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 78°F and lows of 61°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

Beverly Shores

— 1 night
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 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Michigan City.

Things to do in Beverly Shores

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Michigan City

— 1 night
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, then stroll through Michigan City Beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at 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 74°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to New Buffalo.

Things to do in Michigan City

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

New Buffalo

— 2 nights
New Buffalo is a city in Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): go for a stroll along the water at Oselka Marina, then sample 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, then learn about winemaking at St. Julian Winery & Distillery, then do 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 74°F during the day and 54°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 · Nature

Side Trips

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. On the 8th (Sun), steep yourself in history at USS LST 393, then admire 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, then contemplate 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 75°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Whitehall.

Things to do in Muskegon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Whitehall

— 1 night
Whitehall is a city in Muskegon County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll through Meinert Park, do a tasting at Oceana Winery and Vineyard, then indulge 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 75°F and lows of 55°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

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

Pentwater

— 1 night
Pentwater is a village in Oceana County in the U.S. state of Michigan. 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 72°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Pentwater

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Ludington

— 1 night
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings 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 72°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manistee.

Things to do in Ludington

Outdoors · Golf · Wildlife · Parks

Manistee

— 1 night
Manistee is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, do a tasting at Douglas Valley Winery, then stroll through Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary, then get engrossed in the 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 72°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Frankfort.

Things to do in Manistee

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Frankfort

— 4 nights
Frankfort is a city in Benzie County in the U.S. state of Michigan. 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: Kewaunee (Parallel 44 Winery and Vineyard & Tug Ludington), South Manitou Island Lighthouse (in Glen Arbor) and Rogers Street Fishing Village (in Two Rivers). There's lots more to do: trek along Arcadia Dunes CS Mott Nature Preserve, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, make a trip to Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, and take an in-depth tour of Benzie Area Historical Society & Museum.

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 71°F, and evening lows to 53°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 · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 2 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.
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, then do 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, then do 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 74°F during the day and 54°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 · Shopping

Side Trips

Charlevoix

— 1 night
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. 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, then stroll through 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 70°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Petoskey

— 1 night
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. 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, then do 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 71°F during the day and 52°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 · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Harbor Springs

— 1 night
Harbor Springs is a city and resort community in Emmet County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 22nd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, then learn about winemaking at Pond Hill Farm Winery, then do a tasting at Pleasantview Vineyards & Winery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings 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 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Harbor Springs

Wildlife · Wineries · Parks

Side Trip

Mackinaw City

— 1 night
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 23rd (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, then examine 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, contemplate the waterfront views at Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park, then stroll around Maritime Park, then take 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 67°F, while nighttime lows are 54°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 · Museums

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop, then contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings 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 67°F during the day and 54°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 · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Manistique

— 2 nights
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. state of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Get some historical perspective at Sand Point Lighthouse and Peninsula Point Lighthouse. Garden Bay Winery and Mackinaw Trail Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manistique: Munising (Chapel Falls, Tannery Falls, &more). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Indian Lake State Park, look for gifts at The Mustard Seed, take in the exciting artwork at Lake Effect Art Gallery, and experience rural life at Thompson State Fish Hatchery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Manistique journey builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mackinac Island to Manistique. Traveling from Mackinac Island in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Manistique, with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.