5 days in Chicago, Traverse City & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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Chicago
— 1 night
Fly
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Traverse City
Drive
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Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 1 day
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
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Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Chicago

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Chicago — 1 night

Windy City

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at The Glass Gallery, then kick back and relax at Oak Street Beach, then see the interesting displays at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Chicago. May in Chicago sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Traverse City.
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Parks · Museums · Beaches · Childrens Museums

Traverse City

Cherry Capital of the World

Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then explore the activities along Grand Traverse Bay, and then look for gifts at American Spoon.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Traverse City tour app.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Traverse City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Chicago in May since evenings lows in Traverse City dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint Ignace.
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Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Saint Ignace — 2 nights

On the 17th (Mon), play a few rounds at The Mackinaw Club, kick back and relax at Emmet County Beach 1 Mackinaw City, get engrossed in the history at Heritage Village at Mackinaw, examine the collection at Great Lake Light House Keepers, then kick back and relax at Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park, and finally look for gifts at Manley’s Fish Market.

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You can drive from Traverse City to Saint Ignace in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Traverse City in May: highs in Saint Ignace hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.
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Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Golf
Side Trips

Mackinac Island — 1 day

Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): make a trip to Trinity Church, step off the mainland to explore Eagle Point Cave, don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop, then examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Liberty Lego Display.

Before you visit Mackinac Island, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can ride a ferry from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island in an hour. In May in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Munising.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Munising — 1 night

On the 19th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Chapel Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Chapel Rock and Beach, get engrossed in the history at Alger County Heritage Center, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tannery Falls, and finally look for gifts at Upper Peninsula Inspired.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Munising trip builder app.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Munising by combination of ferry, bus, and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. May in Munising sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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Waterfalls · State Parks · Geologic Formations
Natural attractions steal the show on an Upper Peninsula vacation. Michigan's sparsely populated northern region is famous for its extensive shoreline along the Great Lakes and thick swathes of protected forest. Many of the region's waterways feature dramatic cascades, and a history of volcanic activity has created a wealth of interesting rock formations and colorful mineral deposits. Wildlife spotting remains a top reason to take a trip to Upper Peninsula, with deer, bears, wolves, and porcupines all easily seen in the area's pristine wilderness.
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