30 days in Michigan Itinerary

30 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan itinerary planner

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Fly
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Marquette
— 3 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Mackinaw City
— 5 nights
Drive
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Empire
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ludington
— 3 nights
Drive
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Muskegon
— 4 nights
Drive to Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport, Fly to OR Tambo International Airport

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Marquette

— 3 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lakenenland Sculpture Park and Jilbert Dairy. Explore Marquette's surroundings by going to Pine Mountain (in Iron Mountain), Iron Mountain Iron Mine (in Vulcan) and Quincy Mine (in Hancock). There's still lots to do: stop by Downtown Marquette, sample the tasty concoctions at Blackrocks Brewery, see the interesting displays at Marquette Maritime Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Marquette driving holiday planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Marquette is an approximately 30-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Marquette due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in September, plan for slightly colder days in Marquette, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Munising

— 4 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wagner Falls and Sand Point Beach. Explore Munising's surroundings by going to Garden Bay Winery (in Cooks), Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)) and Grand Marais (Log Slide Overlook & Pickle Barrel House Museum). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Chapel Rock and Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, and add some adventure to your tour with Pictured Rocks Kayaking.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Munising vacation builder tool.

Drive from Marquette to Munising in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Munising are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paradise

— 2 nights
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the galleries of Whitefish Point Bird Observatory and then get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Point Iroquois Lighthouse and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paradise trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Munising to Paradise in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car. In September, daily temperatures in Paradise can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 4 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Great Turtle Kayak Tours and Fort Holmes. Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, make a trip to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, get outside with The Greens of Mackinac, and contemplate the long history of Biddle House.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island tour builder.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Mackinaw City

— 5 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bridge View Park and Deer Ranch. Change things up with these side-trips from Mackinaw City: Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River), Petoskey (Petoskey State Park & Little Traverse Wheelway) and Wildwood Rush Zip Line Canopy Tour (in Boyne City). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, get great views at Castle Rock, see the interesting displays at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mackinaw City itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Mackinaw City can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Empire.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Empire

— 2 nights
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. On the 21st (Mon), enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, take a tour by water with All About Water, and then steep yourself in history at Fishtown. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor, then trek along Dunes Trail, and then hike along Empire Bluff Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Empire day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Mackinaw City to Empire takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Empire are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Empire

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ludington

— 3 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Discover out-of-the-way places like Little Sable Point Lighthouse and Off-Road Tours. Step out of Ludington to go to Hart and see Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Stearns Park, look for gifts at The Jam Farm, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Father Jacques Marquette Shrine, and browse the exhibits of Historic White Pine Village.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ludington trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Empire to Ludington in 2 hours. In September in Ludington, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Muskegon.

Things to do in Ludington

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Muskegon

— 4 nights
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grand Haven State Park and Hoffmaster State Park. Explore Muskegon's surroundings by going to Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market (in Holland) and New Era (Country Dairy & Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of USS LST 393, kick back and relax at Pere Marquette Park, visit a coastal fixture at Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, and pause for some photo ops at Downtown Muskegon Public Art.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Muskegon trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Ludington to Muskegon by car takes about an hour. September in Muskegon sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Muskegon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

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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.