6 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

6 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

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6 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Cleveland

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Traverse City side-trips: Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor) and Empire (Empire Bluff Trail, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, & more). There's still lots to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, do a tasting at Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room, stop by American Spoon, and admire all the interesting features of The Iris Farm.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Traverse City holiday builder tool .

Cleveland to Traverse City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cleveland in August since evenings lows in Traverse City dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Empire, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive ©
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive


Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 7th (Wed), stroll through Stearns Park, then enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and then immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light, explore the engaging exhibits at Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ludington Waterfront Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ludington trip planner .

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Ludington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Stearns Park ©
Stearns Park
Ludington Waterfront Park ©
Ludington Waterfront Park