7 days in Mackinac Island & Chicago Itinerary

7 days in Mackinac Island & Chicago Itinerary

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7 days in Mackinac Island & Chicago Itinerary

Start: San Diego
+3
Fly + taxi + bus + ferry:  10​h 15​min
1
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: San Diego

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): Head underground at Eagle Point Cave, deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Mackinac, don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally head outdoors with The Greens of Mackinac. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mission Church, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Maeve's Arts.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island route planning website .

San Diego to Mackinac Island is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Mackinac Island when traveling from San Diego in July, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

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nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Take a break from the city and head to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park. Visit Wind Point Lighthouse and Chicago Riverwalk for some beach relaxation. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to South Bend (Studebaker National Museum, Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, & more) and Volo Auto Museum (in Volo). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, admire the natural beauty at Lincoln Park Conservatory, don't miss a visit to Millennium Park, and appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Chicago itinerary planner .

Getting from Mackinac Island to Chicago by combination of ferry, bus, and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mackinac Island in July, with highs in Chicago at 83°F and lows at 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

South Bend, Volo Auto Museum, Wind Point Lighthouse, Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana Dunes State Park
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Studebaker National Museum ©
Studebaker National Museum
Indiana Dunes National Park ©
Indiana Dunes National Park
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

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