7 days in Michigan Itinerary

7 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Traverse City
— 2 nights
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
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Marquette
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at Music House Museum, play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Clinch Park. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then do a tasting at Suttons Bay Ciders, and then do a tasting at Left Foot Charley Winery.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Traverse City trip website.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Traverse City. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then examine the collection at Liberty Lego Display, and finally enjoy the sea views from Round Island Lighthouse.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island road trip planning app.

You can take a bus from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Traverse City, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

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 9th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, shop like a local with Fort de Baude Museum, enjoy the sea views from Wawatam Lighthouse, then enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then see the interesting displays at Great Lake Light House Keepers, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heritage Village at Mackinaw.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinaw City trip tool.

You can ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City in an hour. June in Mackinaw City sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Marquette

Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. On the 10th (Fri), experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy, then see the interesting displays at Marquette Regional History Center, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum.

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Getting from Mackinaw City to Marquette by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Museums · Childrens Museums

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.