30 days in Michigan Itinerary

30 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
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. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lakenenland Sculpture Park and Iron Mountain Iron Mine. Explore Marquette's surroundings by going to Pine Mountain (in Iron Mountain) and Quincy Mine (in Hancock). The adventure continues: experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, see the interesting displays at Marquette Maritime Museum, and take a stroll through Downtown Marquette.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Marquette online travel 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. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, expect nights in Marquette to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Museums · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Munising

— 4 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wagner Falls and Palms Book State Park. Explore Munising's surroundings by going to Garden Bay Winery (in Cooks), Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) (in Manistique) and Grand Marais (Log Slide Overlook & Pickle Barrel House Museum). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Pictured Rocks Kayaking, explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, and get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Munising online route planner.

You can drive from Marquette to Munising in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Munising are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. 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 · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 4 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Great Turtle Kayak Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, 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. state of Michigan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bridge View Park and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Mackinaw City: Petoskey (Petoskey State Park & Little Traverse Wheelway), Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River) and Wildwood Rush Zip Line Canopy Tour (in Boyne City). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, make a trip to Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, get a taste of life in the country at Deer Ranch, and visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mackinaw City trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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. state of Michigan. 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. state of Michigan, and is the largest populated city on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grand Haven State Park and USS LST 393. 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: kick back and relax at Pere Marquette Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Fetch Brewing Company, immerse yourself in nature at Hoffmaster State Park, and stop by Blueberry Haven.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Muskegon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ludington to Muskegon takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Tue) before leaving for 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.