3 days in Michigan Itinerary

3 days in Michigan Itinerary

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3 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Subway + Fly:  3​h
1
Traverse City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Ludington
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
night
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 4th (Mon), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery and then do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): trek along Empire Bluff Trail, then contemplate the long history of Fishtown, then look for all kinds of wild species at Carlson's Fishery, and finally sample the fine beverages at Northern Latitudes Distillery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Traverse City travel site .

Chicago to Traverse City is an approximately 3-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in November, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Leland, Empire Bluff Trail, Northern Latitudes Distillery
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Carlson's Fishery ©
Carlson's Fishery
Northern Latitudes Distillery ©
Northern Latitudes Distillery
Grand Traverse Distillery ©
Grand Traverse Distillery

1
night
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): kick back and relax at Stearns Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, then look for gifts at The Jam Farm, and finally enjoy the sea views from Ludington North Breakwater Light.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ludington trip planning website .

Getting from Traverse City to Ludington by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in November, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ludington

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
The Jam Farm ©
The Jam Farm

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