5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

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East Tawas
Drive to MBS International Airport, Fly to Chippewa County International Airport, Drive to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
Traverse City
— 1 night
— 1 day


East Tawas

East Tawas is a city in Iosco County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Tawas Point Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our East Tawas trip itinerary app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to East Tawas. October in East Tawas sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 41°F at night. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in East Tawas

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip planner.

Explore your travel options from East Tawas to Mackinac Island with the Route module. In October, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Traverse City

— 1 night

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.
On the 16th (Fri), buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Traverse City trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip


— 1 day
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 18th (Sun), see the top attractions with Mushroom House Tours, then kick your exploration up a notch at Wildwood Rush Zip Line Canopy Tour, and then admire all the interesting features of Tunnel of Trees - M119.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Petoskey route planner.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Petoskey takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Petoskey, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Petoskey

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Adventure

Side Trips

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.