8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan travel planner
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Make it your trip
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Traverse City
— 1 day
Drive
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Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
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Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw City, MI, Foot to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Dearborn
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Dearborn
— 1 night
Fly

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Traverse City — 1 day

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 23rd (Sat), learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip itinerary planning website.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Traverse City. July in Traverse City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Ludington.
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Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

Ludington — 2 nights

Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stony Lake Stables. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ludington trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Ludington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Ludington sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Munising — 2 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach, and finally explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Munising tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Ludington to Munising takes 5.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Munising are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 28th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island road trip app.

Traveling by combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Dearborn.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Dearborn — 1 night

Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Dearborn trip maker tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Dearborn in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, things will get a bit warmer in Dearborn: highs are around 82°F and lows about 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Museums
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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.
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