4 days in Mackinac Island & Traverse City Itinerary

4 days in Mackinac Island & Traverse City Itinerary

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4 days in Mackinac Island & Traverse City Itinerary

Start: Columbus
+3
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Ferry:  6​h 30​min
1
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry + Bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Columbus

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island custom trip planner.

Columbus to Mackinac Island is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Columbus in October: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Inn at Black Star Farms, contemplate the long history of Fishtown, and then get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. On the next day, do a tasting at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, learn about winemaking at 2 Lads Winery, then do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, and finally do a tasting at Chateau Grand Traverse Winery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Traverse City sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. In October, daytime highs in Traverse City are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Fishtown, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Black Star Farms Winery
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Black Star Farms Winery ©
Black Star Farms Winery
Bowers Harbor Vineyards ©
Bowers Harbor Vineyards

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