7 days in Michigan Itinerary

7 days in Michigan Itinerary

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7 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Traverse City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Petoskey
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  2​h
4
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Dearborn
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
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 12th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Old Mission Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City online driving holiday planner .

New York City to Traverse City is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in August; daily highs in Traverse City reach 79°F and lows reach 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trip

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway, then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, and then walk around Colonial Michilimackinac. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine, then enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, and finally take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Petoskey day trip planner .

Drive from Traverse City to Petoskey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Mackinaw City, Saint Ignace, Cross In The Woods National Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Colonial Michilimackinac ©
Colonial Michilimackinac

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Petoskey to Mackinac Island in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

1
night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 17th (Sat), examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paradise vacation builder app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Paradise, with lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls

1
night
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): examine the collection at Greenfield Village, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dearborn trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Paradise to Dearborn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, Dearborn is a bit warmer than Paradise - with highs of 81°F and lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums

Side Trip

Detroit
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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