44 days in Michigan Itinerary

44 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Marquette
— 1 night
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Copper Harbor
— 3 nights
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Ontonagon
— 4 nights
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Munising
— 4 nights
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Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Mackinaw City
— 6 nights
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Grayling
— 2 nights
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Traverse City
— 7 nights
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Ludington
— 2 nights
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Holland
— 7 nights
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Marquette

— 1 night
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Presque Isle Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, and then experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, see the interesting displays at Marquette Maritime Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Blackrocks Brewery, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Marquette.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Marquette trip itinerary maker tool.

Chicago to Marquette is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Marquette. In May, Marquette is little chillier than Chicago - with highs of 60°F and lows of 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Copper Harbor

— 3 nights
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Keweenaw National Historical Park and Fort Wilkins State Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Copper Harbor Bike Trail System and Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums. Take a break from Copper Harbor with a short trip to The Jampot in Eagle Harbor, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary, take in the dramatic scenery at Eagle River Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Haven Waterfalls and Park, and cruise along Brockway Mountain Drive.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Copper Harbor sightseeing planner.

Drive from Marquette to Copper Harbor in 3 hours. In May in Copper Harbor, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 4 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bond Falls and Summit Peak. Visiting Presque Isle River and Porcupine Mountains State Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ontonagon: Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton), Quincy Mine (in Hancock) and Copper Peak (in Ironwood).

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ontonagon trip builder tool.

Drive from Copper Harbor to Ontonagon in 2 hours. In June in Ontonagon, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Munising

— 4 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Seul Choix Point Lighthouse and Garden Bay Winery. Take a break from the city and head to Sand Point Beach and Chapel Rock and Beach. Explore Munising's surroundings by going to The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk (in Manistique), Sable Falls (in Grand Marais) and Seney National Wildlife Refuge (in Seney). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Tannery Falls, look for gifts at Upper Peninsula Inspired, and enjoy the sand and surf at Miner's Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Munising tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Munising takes 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Munising are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paradise

— 2 nights
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the galleries of Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, and then see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, admire the majestic nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Iroquois Lighthouse.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Paradise road trip site.

Traveling by car from Munising to Paradise takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car. June in Paradise sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 5 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Get outdoors at Great Turtle Kayak Tours and Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory. Get some historical perspective at St Anne's Catholic Church and Fort Holmes. And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Jewel Golf Course, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, trot along with a tour on horseback, and visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. June in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Mackinaw City

— 6 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. Visit Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and Wawatam Lighthouse for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Historic Gaslight District and 40 Mile Point Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mackinaw City: Petoskey (Bear River Valley Recreation Area, Little Traverse Wheelway, &more), Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River) and Thorne Swift Nature Preserve (in Harbor Springs). There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, contemplate the long history of McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, get engrossed in the history at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and immerse yourself in nature at Wilderness State Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mackinaw City online tour itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City in an hour. June in Mackinaw City sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Grayling.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Grayling

— 2 nights
Grayling is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Crawford County. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): tee off at Forest Dunes Golf Club, immerse yourself in nature at Hartwick Pines State Park, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Otsego Lake County Park, then examine the collection at Call of the Wild Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Grayling vacation planner.

Drive from Mackinaw City to Grayling in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Mackinaw City in June, you will find days in Grayling are somewhat warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grayling

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 7 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room and Bowers Harbor Vineyards. Get in touch with nature at Clinch Park and Empire Bluff Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: Point Betsie Lighthouse (in Frankfort), Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center (in Suttons Bay) and Empire (Pyramid Point Trail & Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Suttons Bay Ciders, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and explore the activities along Grand Traverse Bay.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip planning app.

Drive from Grayling to Traverse City in 1.5 hours. June in Traverse City sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Wineries · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ludington

— 2 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 3rd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and then visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ludington travel site.

You can drive from Traverse City to Ludington in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Ludington are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Holland.

Things to do in Ludington

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Holland

— 7 nights
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fenn Valley Vineyards and Michigan Maritime Museum. We've included these beaches for you: North Beach and Holland State Park Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo Nature Center & Al Sabo Preserve), Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and Bell's Comstock Brewery (in Galesburg). There's much more to do: stroll through Saugatuck Dunes State Park, take a leisurely stroll along Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, contemplate the long history of USS LST 393, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Holland sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Ludington to Holland by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In July, daily temperatures in Holland can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Holland

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

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.