8 days in Michigan & Chicago Itinerary

8 days in Michigan & Chicago Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  4​h
1
Traverse City
— Few hours
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
3
Mackinaw City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Munising
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly + ferry:  4​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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Traverse City

Traverse City ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and then wander the streets of Front Street.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip tool .

Toronto, Canada to Traverse City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Toronto in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Traverse City, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 2nd (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 4.5 hours. While traveling from Traverse City, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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1
night
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. On the 4th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, then explore the galleries of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and finally visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinaw City trip planner .

Mackinaw City is just a stone's throw from Mackinac Island. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Mackinac Bridge
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Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

1
night
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 5th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Munising Falls.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Munising trip tool .

Drive from Mackinaw City to Munising in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Munising are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks
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Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls

3
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Baha'i House of Worship and Chicago Riverwalk. Step off the beaten path and head to Cantigny Park and Holy Name Cathedral. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to Riverwalk Lot (in Naperville) and Indiana Dunes State Park (in Chesterton). There's lots more to do: grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail, make a trip to Millennium Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, and admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago trip website .

Getting from Munising to Chicago by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Munising to Chicago. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Munising in July, with highs in Chicago at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Indiana Dunes State Park, Baha'i House of Worship, Riverwalk Lot, Cantigny Park
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Baha'i House of Worship ©
Baha'i House of Worship
Cantigny Park ©
Cantigny Park

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