8 days in Michigan & Los Angeles Itinerary

8 days in Michigan & Los Angeles Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

Make it your trip
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Mackinaw City
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly

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Mackinaw City

— 1 night
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 2nd (Sun), examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, then admire the natural beauty at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and finally contemplate the long history of McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Mackinaw City trip planner.

Detroit to Mackinaw City is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit in August, expect Mackinaw City to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Traverse City

— 3 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.
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Beer Tastings & Tours and Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery. There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Black Star Farms, sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery, look for gifts at Cherry Republic of Traverse City, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Mackinaw City to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mackinaw City in August: highs in Traverse City hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours · Shopping · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 7th (Fri), brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, then kick back and relax at Manhattan Beach, and then admire the masterpieces at The Broad. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then get engrossed in the history at Skirball Cultural Center, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip website.

You can fly from Traverse City to Los Angeles in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Traverse City to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Traverse City in August, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.