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:  45​min
3
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Norfolk

3
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Mackinaw City side-trips: Tahquamenon Falls State Park (in Paradise) and Soo Locks (in Sault Ste. Marie). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., stroll around Colonial Michilimackinac, and visit a coastal fixture at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mackinaw City online travel route builder .

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. Traveling from Norfolk in September, things will get slightly colder in Mackinaw City: highs are around 67°F and lows about 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, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Soo Locks
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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. On the 8th (Sun), stop by Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor, then explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and then trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Glen Arbor online visit planner .

Getting from Mackinaw City to Glen Arbor by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Glen Arbor

Parks Nature Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Old Mission Lighthouse, do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting. Here are some ideas for day two: 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 wander the streets of Front Street.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Traverse City trip planner .

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

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Old Mission Lighthouse ©
Old Mission Lighthouse
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©

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