5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan tour planner

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Make it your trip
Drive
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South Haven
Drive
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Traverse City
— 1 night
Drive
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Mackinaw City
— 1 night
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit

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South Haven

South Haven is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Michigan Maritime Museum and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the South Haven online driving holiday planner.

Detroit to South Haven is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 60°F in South Haven. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in South Haven

Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Traverse City

— 1 night

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): stop by Cherry Republic of Traverse City, then learn about winemaking at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, and finally kick back and relax at Clinch Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Traverse City travel route site.

Traveling by car from South Haven to Traverse City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. July in Traverse City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Mackinaw City

— 1 night
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., then visit a coastal fixture at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then stop by Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and finally take an in-depth tour of Mackinaw Bridge Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinaw City attractions app.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Mackinaw City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Traverse City in July: highs in Mackinaw City hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 2nd (Sun), stop by Island House Bike Shop, contemplate the long history of Biddle House, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, then steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, and finally tee off at Jewel Golf Course.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mackinac Island road trip planner.

Getting from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island by ferry takes about an hour. In August in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Michigan travel guide

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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.