59 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

59 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

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Empire
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Charlevoix
— 15 nights
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Cadillac
— 14 nights
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Ludington
— 15 nights

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Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Empire: Leelanau State Park (in Northport), Lake Leelanau (Blustone Vineyards & Good Harbor Vineyards) and Leland (Carlson's Fishery, Fishtown, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, look for all kinds of wild species at Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve, appreciate the extensive heritage of Glen Haven Historical Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Empire Bluff Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Empire trip itinerary planner.

Knoxville to Empire is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Knoxville in May, expect Empire to be slightly colder, temps between 64°F and 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Charlevoix.

Things to do in Empire

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Old Indian Trail ©
Old Indian Trail
Dunes Trail ©
Dunes Trail

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Charlevoix

Charlevoix
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Charlevoix side-trips: Boyne Falls (Boyne Mountain & Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark), Raven Hill Discovery Center (in East Jordan) and Harbor Springs (Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, Pleasantview Vineyards & Winery, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, identify plant and animal life at North Point Nature Preserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Depot Beach, and walk around East Park.

Before you visit Charlevoix, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Empire to Charlevoix takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Charlevoix can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Cadillac.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Parks · Outdoors · Golf · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Island State Park
Fisherman's Island State Park
Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix ©
Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix
East Park ©
East Park

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Cadillac

Cadillac is a city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Cadillac: Harrison (Wilson State Park, Hidden Hill Family Campground, &more), Acme (Music House Museum, True Blue Charters, &more) and Traverse City (Traverse Area District Library, Beer Tastings & Tours, &more). There's much more to do: walk around City Park - Cadillac Commons, relax in the rural setting at Tandem Cider, do a tasting at Suttons Bay Ciders, and pause for some photo ops at Michigan's Petroleum Industry Historical Marker.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cadillac trip planner.

You can drive from Charlevoix to Cadillac in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Cadillac

Outdoors · Wineries · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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Beer Tastings & Tours
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

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Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ludington: Manistee (Manistee Historical Museum, Magoon Creek Park, &more) and Shrine of the Pines (in Baldwin). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park, get engrossed in the history at Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, walk around Ludington Waterfront Park, and kick back and relax at Stearns Park.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ludington driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Cadillac to Ludington takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. On the 30th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Sandcastles Children's Museum ©
Sandcastles Children's Museum