5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

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5 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 15​min
1
Ludington
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Empire
— 1 night
Bus + Ferry:  4​h 45​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Dearborn
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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night
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 3rd (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ludington tour itinerary planning site .

Chicago to Ludington is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Chicago to Ludington, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in July; daily highs in Ludington reach 76°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Empire.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access
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Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse

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Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, then take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Empire travel route planner .

You can drive from Ludington to Empire in 2 hours. July in Empire sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Point Betsie Lighthouse
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Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Fort Mackinac, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

Plan my day in Mackinac Island using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Empire to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. In July in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Museums
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Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

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Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 7th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally explore and take pictures at Comerica Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dearborn trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Mackinac Island to Dearborn in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Dearborn: highs are around 82°F and lows about 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums

Side Trip

Detroit
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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