4 days in Michigan Itinerary

4 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Traverse City
— 1 night
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to New York City


Traverse City — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, hike along Pyramid Point Trail, then contemplate the long history of Fishtown, then look for all kinds of wild species at Carlson's Fishery, and finally stop by Northern Latitudes Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, trek along Empire Bluff Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dunes Trail, and finally stroll through Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Traverse City route tool.

New York City to Traverse City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in September, things will get slightly colder in Traverse City: highs are around 74°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Petoskey.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
Side Trips

Petoskey — 1 night

Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Castle Farms, explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway, take a stroll through Historic Gaslight District, then immerse yourself in nature at Petoskey State Park, and finally identify plant and animal life at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Petoskey day trip planning website.

Getting from Traverse City to Petoskey by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Petoskey are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.
Parks · Trails · Neighborhoods · Nature
Side Trips

Mackinac Island — 1 night

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island road trip tool.

Getting from Petoskey to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. September in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Michigan travel guide

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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.