7 days in Mackinaw City, Glen Arbor & Traverse City Itinerary

7 days in Mackinaw City, Glen Arbor & Traverse City Itinerary

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7 days in Mackinaw City, Glen Arbor & Traverse City Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h
1
Mackinaw City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Glen Arbor
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Norfolk

3
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Explore Mackinaw City's surroundings by going to Soo Locks (in Sault Ste. Marie) and Tahquamenon Falls State Park (in Paradise). There's much more to do: take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and walk around Colonial Michilimackinac.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mackinaw City online tour itinerary planner .

Norfolk to Mackinaw City is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Norfolk in September; daily highs in Mackinaw City reach 67°F and lows reach 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Glen Arbor.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Soo Locks, Tahquamenon Falls State Park
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Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

1
night
Glen Arbor

Glen Arbor ©
Glen Arbor Township is a civil township of Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): look for gifts at Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor, get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and then trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

Start your trip to Glen Arbor by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Mackinaw City to Glen Arbor with the Route module. September in Glen Arbor sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Glen Arbor

Parks Trails Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail ©
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor ©
Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Old Mission Lighthouse, do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On your second day here, explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, then take a leisurely stroll along Boardman River Boardwalk, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Front Street.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Glen Arbor to Traverse City takes an hour. In September in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours Trails Historic Sites
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Old Mission Lighthouse ©
Old Mission Lighthouse
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©

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