6 days in Midland, Traverse City & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

6 days in Midland, Traverse City & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

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6 days in Midland, Traverse City & Upper Peninsula Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Drive:  2​h
1
Midland
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Traverse City
— 1 night
Bus + Ferry:  4​h 15​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry:  15​min
4
Saint Ignace
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Munising
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Marquette
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Detroit

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day
Midland

Midland ©
Midland is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Alden Dow Home and Studio, then explore the world behind art at Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Ziibiwing Center.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Midland journey maker .

Detroit to Midland is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Traveling from Detroit in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 57°F in Midland. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Midland

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Ziibiwing Center
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Alden Dow Home and Studio ©
Alden Dow Home and Studio
Ziibiwing Center ©
Ziibiwing Center

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night
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 29th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Dennos Museum Center, do a tasting at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Grand Traverse Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Mari Vineyards.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Traverse City online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Midland to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries Museums
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Dennos Museum Center ©
Dennos Museum Center
Bowers Harbor Vineyards ©
Bowers Harbor Vineyards
Chateau Grand Traverse Winery ©
Chateau Grand Traverse Winery

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night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 30th (Fri), stop by Island House Bike Shop, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, don't miss a visit to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!, then contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in August, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.

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
Horseback Riding Tours

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night
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): examine the collection at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then enjoy the sea views from Wawatam Lighthouse, then admire the majestic nature at Straits State Park, and finally stroll around Bridge View Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Saint Ignace trip planner.

Saint Ignace is just a short distance from Mackinac Island. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Museum of Ojibwa Culture ©
Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Wawatam Lighthouse
Wawatam Lighthouse
Straits State Park
Straits State Park

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night
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 1st (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Chapel Rock and Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Munising tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Ignace to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Munising, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Chapel Rock and Beach ©
Chapel Rock and Beach
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach
Wagner Falls ©
Wagner Falls

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night
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): wander the streets of Downtown Marquette, take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, then relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Marquette holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Munising to Marquette takes an hour. Traveling from Munising in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Marquette, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Lakenenland Sculpture Park ©
Lakenenland Sculpture Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Jilbert Dairy ©
Jilbert Dairy

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