8 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

8 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Milwaukee, Train to Wisconsin Dells
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Wisconsin Dells
— 1 night
Drive
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Fish Creek
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 1 night
Drive
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Mackinaw City
— 1 night
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
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Traverse City
— 1 night
Fly

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Wisconsin Dells

— 1 night

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Devil's Lake State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on Original Wisconsin Ducks, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then tee off at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Wisconsin Dells itinerary builder app.

Kansas City to Wisconsin Dells is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kansas City in July; daily highs in Wisconsin Dells reach 80°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Fish Creek.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Golf

Side Trip

Fish Creek

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Cana Island Lighthouse, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then admire the majestic nature at Peninsula State Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Fish Creek trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Wisconsin Dells to Fish Creek takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. In July, daily temperatures in Fish Creek can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Fish Creek

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Munising

— 1 night
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Munising travel route builder app.

Drive from Fish Creek to Munising in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Munising are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks

Mackinaw City

— 1 night
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., visit a coastal fixture at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, and finally learn about winemaking at Mackinac Island Winery.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mackinaw City trip planning site.

Drive from Munising to Mackinaw City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Mackinaw City, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 6th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Eagle Point Cave, look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then contemplate the long history of Fort Mackinac, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Maeve's Arts.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island visit planner.

Getting from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island by ferry takes about an hour. In July, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Traverse City

— 1 night

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.
On the 8th (Thu), stroll around Sunset Park, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then wander the streets of Front Street.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Traverse City planning tool.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Traverse City by combination of ferry and bus takes about 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mackinac Island in July: highs in Traverse City hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Tours
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