5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Ludington
— 1 night
Drive
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Empire
— 1 night
Drive
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Petoskey
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Chicago Midway

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Ludington

— 1 night
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at The Jam Farm, stroll around Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, then visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, and finally enjoy the sea views from Ludington North Breakwater Light.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ludington trip itinerary maker.

Chicago to Ludington is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Ludington is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect Ludington to be a bit cooler, temps between 76°F and 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Empire.

Things to do in Ludington

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Empire

— 1 night
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Empire Bluff Trail, and then kick back and relax at Lake Michigan Beach Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Empire using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ludington to Empire takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Empire can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Petoskey

— 1 night
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. On the 11th (Sun), grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway, then identify plant and animal life at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, then admire the majestic nature at Petoskey State Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cross In The Woods National Shrine.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Petoskey day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Empire to Petoskey takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Petoskey, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island online attractions planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Petoskey to Mackinac Island in 3 hours. In August in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · 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.