3 days in Michigan Itinerary

3 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Traverse City
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Chicago


Traverse City — 1 night

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 1st (Fri): stop by Light of Day Organics, hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, and then trek along Empire Bluff Trail. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Black Star Farms, do a tasting at Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room, and then do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery.

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Chicago to Traverse City is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in October, expect Traverse City to be a bit cooler, temps between 60°F and 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.
Wineries · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips

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 3rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

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Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in October, you will find days in Mackinac Island are a bit cooler (55°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.