5 days in Petoskey, Mackinaw City & Des Moines Itinerary

5 days in Petoskey, Mackinaw City & Des Moines Itinerary

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5 days in Petoskey, Mackinaw City & Des Moines Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  7​h
1
Petoskey
— 2 nights
Bus:  45​min
2
Mackinaw City
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7​h
3
Des Moines
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Pond Hill Farm. Keep things going the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway and then get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Petoskey trip itinerary maker site .

New York City to Petoskey is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in June: high temperatures in Petoskey hover around 71°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Beer Tastings & Tours, Pond Hill Farm
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Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Petoskey State Park
Petoskey State Park

1
night
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. On the 13th (Thu), visit a coastal fixture at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, stroll through Colonial Michilimackinac, then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, and finally visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinaw City road trip app .

You can take a bus from Petoskey to Mackinaw City in an hour. Another option is to drive. June in Mackinaw City sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mackinac Bridge
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Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Colonial Michilimackinac ©
Colonial Michilimackinac
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge

1
day
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building and then admire all the interesting features of Iowa State Fairgrounds.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Des Moines trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Mackinaw City to Des Moines takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In June, Des Moines is a bit warmer than Mackinaw City - with highs of 84°F and lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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Capitol Building ©
Capitol Building
Iowa State Fairgrounds ©
Iowa State Fairgrounds

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