8 days in Bayfield, Door County & Mackinac Island Itinerary

8 days in Bayfield, Door County & Mackinac Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner
Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Fish Creek
— 3 nights
Drive to Cedar River, Bus to Mackinaw City, MI, Foot to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights


Bayfield — 2 nights

Bayfield is a city in Bayfield County, Wisconsin, United States. Split Rock Lighthouse and Madeline Island Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves and Apostle Highlands Golf Course. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayfield: Two Harbors (Two Harbors Lighthouse & Castle Danger Brewery). There's more to do: explore and take pictures at Hauser's Superior View Orchard.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bayfield online trip maker.

Lakeville to Bayfield is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lakeville in July since evenings lows in Bayfield dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fish Creek.
Golf · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Fish Creek — 3 nights

Fish Creek is an unincorporated community located in Door County, Wisconsin, United States, within the town of Gibraltar and is located on Highway 42 along Green Bay.HistoryThe first settler of Fish Creek was Increase Claflin and his family circa 1844, but the village founder is considered to be entrepreneur Asa Thorp. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Cana Island Lighthouse, stop by Wood Orchard, and then admire the majestic nature at Peninsula State Park. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at The Farm and then examine the collection at National Railroad Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fish Creek trip builder website.

You can drive from Bayfield to Fish Creek in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In July, daily temperatures in Fish Creek can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for Mackinac Island.
Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then gain insight with Mackinac Revealed, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car, bus, and ferry from Fish Creek to Mackinac Island takes 12 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Fish Creek to Mackinac Island. In July, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Door County travel guide

State Parks · Gift & Specialty Shops · Wineries & Vineyards
Door County owes its status as a top Midwest vacation destination to its 480 km (300 mi) of shoreline along Lake Michigan. Coupled with five scenic state parks, 11 lighthouses, and 80 cultural venues, the natural scenery dominates here. The region hosts several museums, theaters, and art galleries. Art classes and workshops serve as big draws throughout the year, while live music and plays fill the entertainment schedule.