6 days in Michigan Itinerary

6 days in Michigan Itinerary

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6 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Bus + Fly:  3​h
1
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Petoskey
— 2 nights
Bus + Ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Detroit

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery and Chateau Grand Traverse Winery. Take a break from the city and head to Clinch Park and Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails. Get out of town with these interesting Traverse City side-trips: Fishtown (in Leland) and Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor (in Glen Arbor). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Traverse Bay, admire the masterpieces at Dennos Museum Center, and learn about winemaking at Mari Vineyards.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Traverse City vacation planning app .

Detroit to Traverse City is an approximately 3-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor, Fishtown
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Dennos Museum Center ©
Dennos Museum Center
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery ©
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery

2
nights
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway, then wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Bridge View Park, examine the collection at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then take an in-depth tour of Mackinaw Bridge Museum, and finally examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc..

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Traveling by car from Traverse City to Petoskey takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Mackinaw City, Cross In The Woods National Shrine, Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix
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Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Museum of Ojibwa Culture ©
Museum of Ojibwa Culture

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 2nd (Mon), look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop, make a trip to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!, then steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Petoskey to Mackinac Island takes 2.5 hours. In September in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Island House Bike Shop ©
Island House Bike Shop

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