5 days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Munising & Mackinac Island Itinerary

5 days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Munising & Mackinac Island Itinerary

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5 days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Munising & Mackinac Island Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— Few hours
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h
2
Munising
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + bus + ferry:  6​h 15​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve day trip planner.

Chicago to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Chicago in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows around 48°F. On the 29th (Mon), you'll travel to Munising.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Outdoors Trails

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Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Bring the kids along to Oswald's Bear Ranch and Sand Point Beach. Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, admire the sheer force of Au Train Falls, and putt your heart out at Miners Falls Mini Golf.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Munising journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Munising with the Route module. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Munising, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July, plan for little chillier days in Munising, with highs around 74°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

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Oswald's Bear Ranch
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Oswald's Bear Ranch ©
Oswald's Bear Ranch
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 2nd (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Biddle House.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mackinac Island road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. August in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church

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