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
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
ferry + bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Empire
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Mears
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
End: New York City

1
night
Traverse City

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 1st (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and then go for a walk through Boardman River Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Clinch Park, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then kick back and relax at Sunset Park.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Traverse City day trip planning site .

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. Traveling from New York City in August, expect Traverse City to be slightly colder, temps between 79°F and 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Boardman River Boardwalk ©
Boardman River Boardwalk

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 3rd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Trinity Church, head off the coast to Eagle Point Cave, contemplate the long history of Biddle House, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mackinac Island online itinerary planner .

Getting from Traverse City to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in August, plan for slightly colder days in Mackinac Island, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

2
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and then hike along Pyramid Point Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, trek along Empire Bluff Trail, and then kick back and relax at Lake Michigan Beach Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Empire sightseeing planning tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Empire in 5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Empire can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mears.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Point Betsie Lighthouse
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Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

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nights
Mears

Mears ©
Golden Township is a civil township of Oceana County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Silver Lake State Park, enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Stearns Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and then stop by The Jam Farm.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Mears vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Empire to Mears by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Mears can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mears

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ludington, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access
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Silver Lake State Park ©
Silver Lake State Park
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse

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