8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan tour itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
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Charlevoix
— 1 night
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Mackinaw City
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
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Good Hart
Drive
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Petoskey
— 2 nights
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Saugatuck
— 1 night
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Traverse City

— 2 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Front Street, Hop Lot Brewing Company, and other attractions. On the 9th (Fri), get all the information you need at Traverse City Visitor Center, then kick back and relax at Sunset Park, and then wander the streets of Front Street. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Fishtown, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Hop Lot Brewing Company, and then buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Traverse City online itinerary planner.

Palos Heights to Traverse City is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palos Heights to Traverse City. Traveling from Palos Heights in October, things will get little chillier in Traverse City: highs are around 60°F and lows about 44°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sun) before leaving for Charlevoix.

Things to do in Traverse City

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Charlevoix

— 1 night
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. You've now added Cherry Republic to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): make a trip to Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, stop by Cherry Republic, and then walk around East Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Charlevoix trip maker app.

Getting from Traverse City to Charlevoix by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Mon) before leaving for Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Parks · Shopping

Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mackinaw City trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Charlevoix to Mackinaw City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Mackinaw City are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. On the 12th (Mon), you're off to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Mackinac Island Carriage Tours has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): see the top attractions with Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and then stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island visit planner.

You can ride a ferry from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island in an hour. In October in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 43°F at night. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Good Hart.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Good Hart

Readmond Township is a civil township of Emmet County in the U.S. state of Michigan. For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Good Hart trip itinerary app.

Explore your travel options from Mackinac Island to Good Hart with the Route module. In October, daily temperatures in Good Hart can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. You'll set off for Petoskey on the 13th (Tue).

Things to do in Good Hart

Shopping · Museums

Petoskey

— 2 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Pedego Electric Bikes Petoskey, Cross In The Woods National Shrine and Grandpa Shorter's Gifts.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Petoskey visit planner.

You can drive from Good Hart to Petoskey in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 42°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Thu) before leaving for Saugatuck.

Things to do in Petoskey

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Saugatuck

— 1 night
Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Crane Orchards Upick and Corn Maze has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): make a trip to Butler Street. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Crane Orchards Upick and Corn Maze.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Saugatuck visit planner.

You can drive from Petoskey to Saugatuck in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Petoskey in October, you will find days in Saugatuck are a bit warmer (63°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Highlights from your trip

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.