4 days in Traverse City & Mackinac Island Itinerary

4 days in Traverse City & Mackinac Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan travel planner

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Traverse City
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City, MI, Fly to Springfield


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 24th (Mon): browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Traverse City vacation planning app.

Springfield to Traverse City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In May, Traverse City is a bit cooler than Springfield - with highs of 67°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 25th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, Head underground at Eagle Point Cave, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally see the interesting displays at Liberty Lego Display. On the next day, indulge in some personalized pampering at Lilac Tree Spa, identify plant and animal life at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally stop by The Big Store.

Plan trip to Mackinac Island with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Traverse City to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in May, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are little chillier, around 58°F. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife