59 days in Mackinac Island & Alpena Itinerary

59 days in Mackinac Island & Alpena Itinerary

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Mackinac Island
— 29 nights
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Alpena
— 28 nights

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Get some cultural insight at Fort Mackinac and Trinity Church. Escape the urban bustle at Arch Rock and Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, play a few rounds at Wawashkamo Golf Club, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary builder.

Detroit to Mackinac Island is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Detroit in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Mackinac Island, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. You will leave for Alpena on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Outdoors · Golf
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

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Alpena

Alpena ©
Alpena is a city in the U.S. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Oscoda Beach Park and Starlite Beach. For shopping fun, head to Three Pines Studio or Freshwater Art Gallery and Concert Venue. Explore Alpena's surroundings by going to Mackinaw City (Emmet County Beach 1 Mackinaw City, Del Sol - Color-Change - Mackinaw Crossings, &more), Oscoda (Wurtsmith Air Museum, River Road Scenic Byway, &more) and Harbor Springs (Thorne Swift Nature Preserve & Tunnel of Trees - M119). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, shop like a local with Port Austin Farmers Market, learn about all things military at Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, and learn about winemaking at Thunder Bay Winery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Alpena trip planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alpena

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Mackinaw City, Petoskey, Saint Ignace, Oscoda, Port Austin
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Kayaking & Canoeing
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

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