6 days in Glen Arbor, Saugatuck & Mackinac Island Itinerary

6 days in Glen Arbor, Saugatuck & Mackinac Island Itinerary

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Start: Ann Arbor
Drive:  4 h
1
Glen Arbor
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Saugatuck
— 1 night
+4
Drive + Fly + Taxi + Bus + Ferry:  7 h 15 min
3
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+4
Ferry + Bus + Taxi + Fly + Bus:  6 h
End: Ann Arbor

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Glen Arbor

Glen Arbor ©
Glen Arbor Township is a civil township of Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): stop by Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor, hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, then visit a coastal fixture at South Manitou Island Lighthouse, and finally explore and take pictures at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Glen Arbor trip planner.

Ann Arbor to Glen Arbor is an approximately 4.5- hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ann Arbor in August: highs in Glen Arbor hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saugatuck.

Things to do in Glen Arbor

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor ©
Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor
South Manitou Island Lighthouse ©
South Manitou Island Lighthouse

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Saugatuck

Saugatuck ©
Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. On the 11th (Tue), walk around Coghlin Park, then stroll around Mount Baldhead Park, then stop by American Spoon, and finally make a trip to Butler Street.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saugatuck trip builder website.

You can drive from Glen Arbor to Saugatuck in 3.5 hours. In August in Saugatuck, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

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Mount Baldhead Park ©
Mount Baldhead Park
American Spoon ©
American Spoon
Coghlin Park ©
Coghlin Park

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nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 12th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Trinity Church, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Eagle Point Cave, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of car, flight, bus, and ferry from Saugatuck to Mackinac Island in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Saugatuck in August, plan for slightly colder days in Mackinac Island, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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