7 days in Michigan Itinerary

7 days in Michigan Itinerary

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7 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Traverse City
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Petoskey
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Cincinnati

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery and then do a tasting at Bowers Harbor Vineyards. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Fishtown, do a tasting at Blustone Vineyards, then enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, and finally learn about winemaking at St. Ambrose Cellars.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City travel planning tool .

Cincinnati to Traverse City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cincinnati in July, Traverse City is slightly colder at night with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Blustone Vineyards, St. Ambrose Cellars, Point Betsie Lighthouse, Fishtown
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Bowers Harbor Vineyards ©
Bowers Harbor Vineyards
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery ©
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

2
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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): make a trip to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally stop by Murdick's Fudge.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Traverse City in July: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Tours
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Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

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Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District, don't miss a visit to Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, then stroll through Little Traverse Wheelway, and finally learn about winemaking at Walloon Lake Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cross In The Woods National Shrine, then admire the majestic nature at Petoskey State Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Petoskey trip tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, Cross In The Woods National Shrine, Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix
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Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Cross In The Woods National Shrine
Thorne Swift Nature Preserve ©
Thorne Swift Nature Preserve

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