47 days in Michigan Itinerary

47 days in Michigan Itinerary

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47 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Muskegon
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Ludington
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Traverse City
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Petoskey
— 8 nights
Bus + Ferry:  2​h 15​min
5
Mackinac Island
— 6 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Munising
— 8 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Detroit

7
nights
Muskegon

Muskegon ©
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Rainbow Ranch and Van Buren State Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hackley and Hume Historic Site and USS LST 393. Venture out of the city with trips to Oval Beach (in Saugatuck), South Haven (Kal Haven Trail, Michigan Maritime Museum, & more) and Holland (Tunnel Park, Saugatuck Dunes State Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Fenn Valley Vineyards, examine the collection at USS Silversides Submarine Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Hoffmaster State Park, and kick back and relax at Pere Marquette Park.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Muskegon travel route tool .

Detroit to Muskegon is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. July in Muskegon sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Muskegon

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Holland, South Haven, Grand Haven State Park, Fenn Valley Vineyards, Oval Beach
Highlights from your plan
Saugatuck Dunes State Park ©
Saugatuck Dunes State Park
Fenn Valley Vineyards ©
Fenn Valley Vineyards
USS LST 393 ©
USS LST 393

6
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Visit Ludington North Breakwater Light and Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse for their historical value. Get outdoors at First Street Beach and Stearns Park. Get out of town with these interesting Ludington side-trips: Dublin General Store LTD (in Wellston), The Fox Barn Winery (in Shelby) and Mears (Little Sable Point Lighthouse & Silver Lake State Park). The adventure continues: play a few rounds at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, contemplate the long history of S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia, enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and immerse yourself in nature at Orchard Beach State Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ludington trip planner .

Traveling by car from Muskegon to Ludington takes an hour. In July, daytime highs in Ludington are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Manistee, Mears, The Fox Barn Winery, Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access
Highlights from your plan
Charles Mears State Park ©
Charles Mears State Park
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse

10
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Michigan Beach Park and Mari Vineyards. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Fishtown (in Leland), Empire (Empire Bluff Trail, Pyramid Point Trail, & more) and Blustone Vineyards (in Lake Leelanau). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Hartwick Pines State Park, do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, visit a coastal fixture at Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Clinch Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Traverse City route planner.

You can drive from Ludington to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Traverse City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Empire, Grayling, Elk Rapids, Frankfort, Glen Arbor
Highlights from your plan
Bowers Harbor Vineyards ©
Bowers Harbor Vineyards
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

8
nights
Petoskey

Petoskey
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Thorne Swift Nature Preserve and Cross In The Woods National Shrine. Step out of the city life by going to Straits State Park and Little Traverse Wheelway. Change things up with these side-trips from Petoskey: Saint Ignace (Bridge View Park, Museum of Ojibwa Culture, & more), Mackinaw City (Mackinaw Bridge Museum, Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., & more) and Sault Ste. Marie (Holy Name of Mary Church, USDA Iroquois Lighthouse, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Wilderness State Park, visit a coastal fixture at 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, step into the grandiose world of Castle Farms, and make a trip to Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Petoskey day trip planning website .

You can drive from Traverse City to Petoskey in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Petoskey can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Sault Ste. Marie, Mackinaw City, Charlevoix, Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
40 Mile Point Lighthouse ©
40 Mile Point Lighthouse

6
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Visiting Jewel Golf Course and Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Biddle House and Trinity Church. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, and stop by Island House Bike Shop.

Discover how to plan a Mackinac Island trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Petoskey to Mackinac Island takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors Parks Golf
Highlights from your plan
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes

8
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Crisp Point Lighthouse and Pickle Barrel House Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spray Falls and Tannery Falls. Explore Munising's surroundings by going to Seney National Wildlife Refuge (in Seney), Grand Marais (Sable Falls & Log Slide Overlook) and Muskallonge Lake State Park (in Newberry). Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Point Beach, explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, and Head underground at Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Munising vacation maker site .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Munising are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Marais, Manistique, Newberry, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Tahquamenon Falls
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Seney National Wildlife Refuge ©
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Wagner Falls ©
Wagner Falls

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