36 days in Harbor Springs & Traverse City Itinerary

36 days in Harbor Springs & Traverse City Itinerary

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Harbor Springs
— 14 nights
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Traverse City
— 21 nights

14
nights
Harbor Springs

Harbor Springs ©
Harbor Springs is a city and resort community in Emmet County in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tunnel of Trees - M119 and Palms Book State Park. We've included these beaches for you: Michigan Beach Park and Starlite Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Harbor Springs: Garden (Historical Village Fayette Park & Fayette Historic State Park), Charlevoix (John Cross Fisheries, Charlevoix South Pier Light Station, &more) and Garden Bay Winery (in Cooks). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Traverse Wheelway, learn about winemaking at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, identify plant and animal life at Seney National Wildlife Refuge, and appreciate the views at Bear River Valley Recreation Area.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Harbor Springs trip itinerary builder.

Detroit to Harbor Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. In July, Harbor Springs is slightly colder than Detroit - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Harbor Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Petoskey, Charlevoix, Alpena, Gaylord, Indian River
Highlights from your plan
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Historic Gaslight District ©
Historic Gaslight District
Cheboygan State Park ©
Cheboygan State Park

21
nights
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.
Visit Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access and Lake Michigan Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery and Empire Bluff Trail. Explore Traverse City's surroundings by going to Mackinaw City (Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Maritime Park, &more), Tandem Cider (in Suttons Bay) and Lake Leelanau (Blustone Vineyards & Good Harbor Vineyards). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Lake Michigan Shoreline, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elberta Beach, trek along Pyramid Point Trail, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Harbor Springs to Traverse City in 2 hours. July in Traverse City sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Suttons Bay, Empire, Manistee, Frankfort, Mackinaw City
Highlights from your plan
Black Star Farms Old Mission Winery ©
Black Star Farms Old Mission Winery
Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access ©
Leelanau Wine Cellars ©
Leelanau Wine Cellars

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