8 days in Mackinac Island & Traverse City Itinerary

8 days in Mackinac Island & Traverse City Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Sault Ste Marie, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
Traverse City
— 5 nights


Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Eagle Point Cave, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then make a trip to Liberty Lego Display, then discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, and finally look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island trip maker website.

Rochester to Mackinac Island is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus, train, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rochester to Mackinac Island. Traveling from Rochester in August, you will find days in Mackinac Island are little chillier (72°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Traverse City

— 5 nights

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.
Attractions like Boat Tours & Water Sports and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Traverse City's surroundings by going to Off-Road Tours (in Mears), Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor) and Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore & Empire Bluff Trail). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, take in the waterfront at Boardman River Boardwalk, and look for gifts at The Cheese Lady.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Traverse City travel planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City takes 5 hours. Traveling from Mackinac Island in August, expect nights in Traverse City to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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