7 days in Michigan Itinerary

7 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan planner
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Traverse City
— 4 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Dearborn
— 1 night


Traverse City — 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Empire Bluff Trail and Dunes Trail. You'll get in some beach time at Clinch Park and Haserot Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor), Crystal Lake (in Frankfort) and Tubing on the Platte River (in Honor). And it doesn't end there: explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, immerse yourself in nature at Interlochen State Park, play a few rounds at LochenHeath Golf Club, and contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Traverse Bay.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Traverse City trip maker site.

Sturgeon Bay to Traverse City is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car, bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sturgeon Bay to Traverse City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Traverse City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.
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Side Trips

Mackinac Island — 1 night

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, head off the coast to Eagle Point Cave, then tee off at Jewel Golf Course, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island day trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in July, you will find days in Mackinac Island are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Dearborn.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Golf

Dearborn — 1 night

Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 17th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Rouge River Gateway Trail and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Islamic Center of America.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Dearborn trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Dearborn takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, things will get a bit warmer in Dearborn: highs are around 82°F and lows about 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites
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Michigan travel guide

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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.