5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

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East Tawas
Traverse City
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night


East Tawas

East Tawas is a city in Iosco County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 14th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Lumberman's Monument and then enjoy the sea views from Tawas Point Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our East Tawas tour planner.

Midland to East Tawas is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Traverse City.
Historic Sites
Side Trip

Traverse City — 2 nights

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, learn about winemaking at Left Foot Charley Winery, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

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Traveling by car from East Tawas to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Petoskey.
Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trip

Petoskey — 1 night

Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 16th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at North Western State Trail.

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Drive from Traverse City to Petoskey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Petoskey are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.
Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Adventure
Side Trips

Mackinac Island — 1 night

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Petoskey to Mackinac Island in 3 hours. October in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 43°F at night.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Michigan travel guide

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.