8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Lexington
Drive:  4​h
1
Traverse City
— 2 nights
car:  4​h 30​min
2
Mackinac Island
— Few hours
car:  6​h 30​min
3
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Copper Harbor
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Au Train
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
End: Lexington

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, then make a trip to Old Mission Lighthouse, and then wander the streets of Front Street.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Traverse City day trip planner .

Lexington to Traverse City is an approximately 4-hour car ride. In August, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Empire
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

few
hours
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church and then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 4.5 hours. While traveling from Traverse City, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church

3
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 13th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Munising Falls and then stroll around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, then admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls, and finally putt your heart out at Miners Falls Mini Golf.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Munising sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

1
night
Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary, then visit a coastal fixture at Fort Wilkins State Park, and then take a memorable drive along Brockway Mountain Drive.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Copper Harbor trip website .

Getting from Munising to Copper Harbor by car takes about 5 hours. In August in Copper Harbor, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Au Train.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Fort Wilkins State Park ©
Fort Wilkins State Park

1
night
Au Train

Au Train ©
Au Train Township is a civil township of Alger County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): walk around Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, and then admire the sheer force of Autrain Falls.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Au Train travel planning website .

Getting from Copper Harbor to Au Train by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Au Train are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. On the 17th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Au Train

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park ©
Autrain Falls ©
Autrain Falls

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