7 days in Michigan Itinerary

7 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan Trip Planner

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Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Petoskey
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Petoskey
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grayling
— 1 night
Drive

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Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 6th (Thu), examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, see a show at The Haunted Theatre, and then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island day trip planning tool.

Traverse City to Mackinac Island is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Traverse City in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Petoskey

— 1 night
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 8th (Sat), stop by Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen and then explore the striking landscape at Boyne Highlands.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Petoskey travel route planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Petoskey can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Golf · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Traverse City

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Clinch Park. Kids will appreciate attractions like Lake Michigan Beach Park and The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Change things up with these side-trips from Traverse City: Crystal Mountain (in Thompsonville) and Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum (in Northport).

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Traverse City trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Petoskey to Traverse City in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Traverse City are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Grayling.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grayling

— 1 night
Grayling is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Crawford County. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with Borchers Canoe & Kayak and then ski along the peaceful trails at Hanson Hills Recreation Area.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Grayling online travel planner.

You can drive from Traverse City to Grayling in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in August, Grayling is slightly colder at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Grayling

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Adventure

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.