7 days in Michigan Itinerary

7 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Traverse City
— 2 nights
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Petoskey
— 2 nights
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Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
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Traverse City

— 2 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Wilson Antiques, Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and Secret Garden at Brys Estate. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): trek along Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Wilson Antiques, then learn about winemaking at Blustone Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at 45 North Vineyard & Winery. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Secret Garden at Brys Estate and then enjoy the sand and surf at Clinch Park.

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Rochester to Traverse City is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wineries

Side Trip

Petoskey

— 2 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Resort Pike Cidery and Winery, then do a tasting at Walloon Lake Winery, then grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway, and finally play a few rounds at Crooked Tree Golf Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: grab your bike and head to North Western State Trail, examine the collection at Little Traverse History Museum, stroll through Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, then learn about winemaking at Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery.

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Drive from Traverse City to Petoskey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Petoskey are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Mackinaw City

— 2 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., then take a tour of Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, then take an in-depth tour of Heritage Village at Mackinaw, and finally enjoy the sea views from McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Museum of Ojibwa Culture, look for gifts at Fort de Baude Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Wawatam Lighthouse, explore the galleries of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then see the interesting displays at Great Lake Light House Keepers, and finally explore the activities along Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park.

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You can drive from Petoskey to Mackinaw City in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Mackinaw City, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Michigan travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.