8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan journey planner

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Fly to Grand Rapids, Bus to South Haven
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South Haven
— 1 night
Drive
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Ludington
— 1 night
Drive
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Glen Arbor
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
— 1 night
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to New York City

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South Haven

— 1 night
South Haven is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 30th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at South Haven Lighthouses. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Centennial Park, walk around Windmill Island Gardens, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the South Haven tour website.

New York City to South Haven is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in South Haven dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in South Haven

Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ludington

— 1 night
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll around Ludington State Park, visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, then stop by The Jam Farm, and finally kick back and relax at Stearns Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ludington driving holiday planner.

Drive from South Haven to Ludington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Ludington are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Glen Arbor.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Glen Arbor

— 1 night
Glen Arbor Township is a civil township of Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): trek along Empire Bluff Trail, then cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

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Traveling by car from Ludington to Glen Arbor takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Glen Arbor

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

Before you visit Traverse City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Glen Arbor to Traverse City takes an hour. June in Traverse City sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails · Parks

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 4th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then steep yourself in history at Trinity Church, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, and finally get a new perspective on things with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island tour builder site.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in June, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are slightly colder, around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Munising

— 1 night
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 6th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

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Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Munising are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Michigan travel guide

4.7
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.

Grand Traverse County travel guide

4.4
Wineries & Vineyards · Beer Tastings & Tours · Shopping Malls
Characterized by sandy shores along Lake Michigan dotted with historical lighthouses and pristine inland lakes, Grand Traverse County stands as a notably scenic Midwestern area. The county lies relatively far from population centers to the south, making it an appropriate spot for the expansive groves of cherry trees and peninsula of vineyards jutting out into the bay. Visitors flock here to boat and canoe in summer, snap photos of foliage in fall, and ride snowmobiles in winter. With a population of about 15,000, Traverse City is the sparsely populated county's largest town and the location of its airport.