6 days in Michigan Itinerary

6 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Traverse City
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Chicago


Traverse City

— 1 night

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): do a tasting at Black Star Farms, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carlson's Fishery, then contemplate the long history of Fishtown, and finally stop by Northern Latitudes Distillery. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Dennos Museum Center, then learn about winemaking at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City online holiday builder.

Chicago to Traverse City is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Traverse City. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Chicago in September since evenings lows in Traverse City dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally head off the coast to Eagle Point Cave.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in September, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are little chillier, around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Mackinaw City

— 2 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 11th (Fri), stroll around Bridge View Park, then admire the natural beauty at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then steep yourself in history at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, and finally see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Petoskey State Park, then visit Historic Gaslight District, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Traverse Wheelway.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Mackinaw City trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips


— 1 night
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Munising online route planner.

Traveling by car from Mackinaw City to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Munising sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Michigan travel guide

Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.