8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
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Arcadia
— 3 nights

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, take an in-depth tour of Fort Mackinac, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island attractions planner.

Chicago to Mackinac Island is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In September, Mackinac Island is little chillier than Chicago - with highs of 67°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

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Traverse City

Traverse City ©

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 10th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Traverse City itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Mackinac Island, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Traverse City, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Arcadia.

Things to do in Traverse City

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Beer Tastings & Tours
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Arcadia

Arcadia ©
Arcadia Township is a civil township of Manistee County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): tee off at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, take some stellar pictures from Arcadia Overlook, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arcadia Dunes CS Mott Nature Preserve, and finally learn about winemaking at St. Ambrose Cellars. On your second day here, make a trip to The Frankfort Light, then enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, and then explore and take pictures at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

To find out how to plan a trip to Arcadia, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Arcadia takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Arcadia

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Golf · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club ©
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
St. Ambrose Cellars ©
St. Ambrose Cellars

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