59 days in Mackinac Island & Alpena Itinerary

59 days in Mackinac Island & Alpena Itinerary

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59 days in Mackinac Island & Alpena Itinerary

Start: Detroit
+3
Fly + taxi + bus + ferry:  5​h 30​min
1
Mackinac Island
— 29 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
2
Alpena
— 28 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Detroit

29
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Arch Rock and Mackinac Island State Park. You'll explore and learn at Fort Mackinac and Robert Stuart House. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop, and see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island online vacation planner .

Detroit to Mackinac Island is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Detroit, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 54°F. On the 2nd (Wed), you're off toAlpena.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

28
nights
Alpena

Alpena ©
Alpena is a city in the U.S. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Oscoda Beach Park and Starlite Beach. Do your shopping at Three Pines Studio and Freshwater Art Gallery and Concert Venue. Get out of town with these interesting Alpena side-trips: Oscoda (Wurtsmith Air Museum, River Road Scenic Byway, & more), Harbor Springs (Thorne Swift Nature Preserve & Tunnel of Trees - M119) and Mackinaw City (Emmet County Beach 1 Mackinaw City, Del Sol - Color-Change - Mackinaw Crossings, & more). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, get into the urban bustle at Bay View Association, take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, and examine the collection at Besser Museum.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Alpena trip itinerary planning app .

Explore your travel options from Mackinac Island to Alpena with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Alpena

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Side Trips

Mackinaw City, Petoskey, Saint Ignace, Oscoda, Port Austin
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Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

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