7 days in Michigan Itinerary

7 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Fly
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
2
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry
3
Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Manistique
— 1 night
Drive

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Traverse City

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 in touch with nature at Empire Bluff Trail and Dunes Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Clinch Park and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. When in Traverse City, make a side trip to see Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail in Glen Arbor, approximately Glen Arbor away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, do a tasting at Peninsula Cellars, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip planner.

Chicago to Traverse City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Traverse City, with lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Golf

Side Trips

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night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): make a trip to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island travel route website.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Traverse City in August: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stroll around Bridge View Park, get great views at Castle Rock, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Straits State Park. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., visit a coastal fixture at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mackinaw City trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Mackinaw City are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

1
night
Manistique

Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): do a tasting at Garden Bay Winery, then identify plant and animal life at Palms Book State Park, then explore the activities along Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), and finally hike along The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Manistique day trip site.

Traveling by car from Mackinaw City to Manistique takes 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Mackinaw City in August since evenings lows in Manistique dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.