5 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

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Traverse City
— 3 nights
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Ludington
— 1 night

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Traverse City

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix (in Charlevoix), Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire Bluff Trail, &more) and Boyne City (Wildwood Rush Zip Line Canopy Tour & Boyne City Farmer's Market). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip maker tool.

Chicago to Traverse City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Traverse City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Traverse City, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 27th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Father Jacques Marquette Shrine, then visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, then admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, and finally walk around Stearns Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ludington trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Traverse City to Ludington by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Ludington are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
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Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse

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