5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Drive
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Saint Joseph
Drive
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Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Empire
— 1 night
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Taxi to Traverse City, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Chicago

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Saint Joseph

St. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stop by Vineyards Gourmet, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Beach County Park, and then stroll around Whirlpool Compass Fountain.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Saint Joseph visit planner.

Chicago to Saint Joseph is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Saint Joseph due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Saint Joseph. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Ludington

— 2 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 30th (Tue), kick back and relax at Stearns Park, visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and then admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then experience rural life at Country Dairy.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ludington trip planner.

You can drive from Saint Joseph to Ludington in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Ludington are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Empire.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Empire

— 1 night
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 1st (Thu), enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then stroll through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Empire online itinerary 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 your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 2nd (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mackinac Island day trip app.

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and ferry from Empire to Mackinac Island takes 5.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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.

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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Waterfalls · Geologic Formations · State Parks
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.