5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan vacation planner
Make it your trip
— 1 night
Traverse City
— 1 night
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to New York City


Muskegon — 1 night

Muskegon is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, and is the largest populated city on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan. On the 7th (Thu), kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access and then kick back and relax at Pere Marquette Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Muskegon, use our trip itinerary maker.

New York City to Muskegon is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in July, expect Muskegon to be a bit cooler, temps between 80°F and 61°F. You will leave for Traverse City on the 8th (Fri).
Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip

Traverse City — 1 night

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 8th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Traverse City online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Muskegon to Traverse City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Traverse City are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Petoskey.
Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip

Petoskey — 1 night

Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Petoskey sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Traverse City to Petoskey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Traverse City in July, plan for little chillier days in Petoskey, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. On the 10th (Sun), you're off to Mackinac Island.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Mackinac Island — 1 night

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip app.

Getting from Petoskey to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
Nature · Parks · Adventure · Wildlife

Michigan travel guide

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.