8 days in Empire, Saugatuck & Petoskey Itinerary

8 days in Empire, Saugatuck & Petoskey Itinerary

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8 days in Empire, Saugatuck & Petoskey Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Empire
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Saugatuck
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Petoskey
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: New York City

2
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): sample the tasty concoctions at Lake Ann Brewing Company. On the next day, cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, then enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lake Michigan Beach Park.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Empire trip itinerary maker tool .

New York City to Empire is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get a bit cooler in Empire: highs are around 75°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saugatuck.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Frankfort, Lake Ann Brewing Company
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Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Lake Ann Brewing Company ©
Lake Ann Brewing Company

3
nights
Saugatuck

Saugatuck ©
Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. Kids will enjoy Oval Beach and Holland State Park Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Michigan's Adventure in Muskegon (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Nelis' Dutch Village, don't miss a visit to Butler Street, look for gifts at American Spoon, and stroll around Mount Baldhead Park.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Saugatuck attractions tool .

Getting from Empire to Saugatuck by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Saugatuck

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Holland, Michigan's Adventure
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Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Michigan's Adventure ©
Michigan's Adventure

2
nights
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): walk around Colonial Michilimackinac, snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, and then admire the majestic nature at Petoskey State Park. On the next day, take a stroll through Historic Gaslight District, then grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at North Western State Trail.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Petoskey trip planner.

You can drive from Saugatuck to Petoskey in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Saugatuck, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Petoskey, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Mackinac Bridge, Colonial Michilimackinac
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Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Petoskey State Park
Petoskey State Park

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