31 days in Michigan Itinerary

31 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip itinerary planner

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Muskegon
— 3 nights
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Ludington
— 3 nights
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Traverse City
— 6 nights
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Mackinaw City
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 5 nights
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
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Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 6 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Detroit

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Muskegon

— 3 nights
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. Family-friendly places like Grand Haven State Park and Saugatuck Dunes State Park will thrill your kids. Get in touch with nature at Pere Marquette Park and Rosy Mound Natural Area. Explore Muskegon's surroundings by going to New Era (Country Dairy & Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables) and Ninth Street Christian Reformed Church (in Holland). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Hoffmaster State Park, take in the waterfront at Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, examine the collection at USS Silversides Submarine Museum, and experience rural life at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Muskegon holiday maker app.

Detroit to Muskegon is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Muskegon can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Muskegon

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Ludington

— 3 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. We've included these beaches for you: Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access and Stearns Park. Explore hidden gems such as Little Sable Point Lighthouse and Off-Road Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ludington: Silver Lake State Park (in Mears) and First Street Beach (in Manistee). There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Charles Mears State Park and visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ludington vacation planner.

Drive from Muskegon to Ludington in an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 6 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Point Betsie Lighthouse. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishtown and Pyramid Point Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: Frankfort Beach (in Frankfort), St. Ambrose Cellars (in Beulah) and Blustone Vineyards (in Lake Leelanau). There's lots more to do: trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, stroll through Empire Bluff Trail, identify plant and animal life at Carlson's Fishery, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Traverse City trip planner.

You can drive from Ludington to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Traverse City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mackinaw City

— 5 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc. and Museum of Ojibwa Culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Mackinaw City: Petoskey (Little Traverse Wheelway & Petoskey State Park), Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River) and Young State Park (in Boyne City). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Straits State Park, explore the striking landscape of Headlands International Dark Sky Park, wander the wide-open spaces of Deer Ranch, and take in the exciting artwork at Fort de Baude Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinaw City trip maker.

You can drive from Traverse City to Mackinaw City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Traverse City, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mackinaw City, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 5 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Bring the kids along to Arch Rock and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum and Liberty Lego Display. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island day trip planning site.

Traveling by ferry from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island takes an hour. In July, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Paradise

— 2 nights
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, then take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, and then browse the exhibits of Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, visit a coastal fixture at Point Iroquois Lighthouse, and then see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paradise trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Paradise, with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Munising

— 6 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Lakenenland Sculpture Park and Fayette Historic State Park. Get in touch with nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk. Venture out of the city with trips to Marquette (Presque Isle Park & Sugarloaf Mountain), Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)) and Seney National Wildlife Refuge (in Seney). The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Seul Choix Point Lighthouse, stop by UP-Scale Art, take in the dramatic scenery at Tannery Falls, and explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Munising trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. In July in Munising, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.