6 days in Mackinac Island & Traverse City Itinerary

6 days in Mackinac Island & Traverse City Itinerary

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6 days in Mackinac Island & Traverse City Itinerary

Start: Mackinac Island
1
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Traverse City
— 3 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
End: Mackinac Island

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nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, wildlife, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, make a trip to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!, tee off at Jewel Golf Course, and learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip itinerary app .

Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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Mackinac Island State Park
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Arch Rock

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nights
Traverse City

Traverse City ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Light of Day Organics, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and then explore and take pictures at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Old Mission Lighthouse, then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then stop by American Spoon, and finally shop like a local with Front Street.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City holiday planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mackinac Island in August: highs in Traverse City hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Beer Tastings & Tours

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