5 days in Petoskey, Mackinaw City & Mackinac Island Itinerary

5 days in Petoskey, Mackinaw City & Mackinac Island Itinerary

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5 days in Petoskey, Mackinaw City & Mackinac Island Itinerary

Start: Grand Rapids
Drive:  3​h 45​min
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Petoskey
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
2
Mackinaw City
— 3 nights
ferry:  30​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 1 day
car:  6​h
End: Grand Rapids

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Petoskey

Petoskey
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Petoskey State Park and then stop by Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Petoskey trip tool .

Grand Rapids to Petoskey is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. When traveling from Grand Rapids in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Petoskey, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Nature Shopping
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Petoskey State Park
Petoskey State Park
Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen ©
Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen

3
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tahquamenon Falls State Park as well as Headlands International Dark Sky Park. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, stroll around Colonial Michilimackinac, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Headlands International Dark Sky Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mackinaw City driving holiday planner .

Getting from Petoskey to Mackinaw City by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Tahquamenon Falls State Park
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Colonial Michilimackinac ©
Colonial Michilimackinac
Castle Rock ©
Castle Rock
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park

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day
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jack's Livery Stable, Ryba's Fudge Shops and Murdick's Fudge. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stop by Murdick's Fudge, stop by Ryba's Fudge Shops, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then see Jack's Livery Stable, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island journey site .

Mackinac Island is just a short distance from Mackinaw City. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Jack's Livery Stable ©
Jack's Livery Stable

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