5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan tour planner

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Make it your trip
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Saugatuck
— 1 day
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grayling
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 1 night
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Chicago

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Saugatuck

— 1 day
Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Kal Haven Trail, and then learn about winemaking at Fenn Valley Vineyards.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Saugatuck trip builder site.

Chicago to Saugatuck is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Saugatuck due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Saugatuck are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Saugatuck

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 2 nights

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.
On the 7th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Clinch Park, then hike along Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Empire Bluff Trail, then learn about winemaking at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, and then do a tasting at Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Traverse City online travel route planner.

Drive from Saugatuck to Traverse City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Saugatuck in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 43°F in Traverse City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Grayling.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wineries

Side Trip

Grayling

— 1 night
Grayling is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Crawford County. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): play a few rounds at Forest Dunes Golf Club, immerse yourself in nature at Hartwick Pines State Park, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Grayling route planner.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Grayling takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Grayling are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Grayling

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Tours

Side Trip

Munising

— 1 night
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Point Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Munising itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Grayling to Munising takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Grayling in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Munising: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

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.