5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner

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Drive
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Ludington
— 1 night
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, Bus to Petoskey
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Petoskey
— 1 night
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Ludington

— 1 night
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse and then enjoy the sea views from Ludington North Breakwater Light. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then admire the majestic nature at Charles Mears State Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ludington day trip planning website.

Appleton to Ludington is an approximately 7-hour car ride. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Ludington are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Empire.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Empire

— 1 night
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. On the 17th (Sat), visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Empire Bluff Trail, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Empire trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Ludington to Empire takes 2 hours. August in Empire sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 18th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and ferry from Empire to Mackinac Island takes 5.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Petoskey

— 1 night
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway, then look for all kinds of wild species at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, then immerse yourself in 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 other tourist information, use the Petoskey trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey in 3 hours. In August in Petoskey, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.