8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
Ferry:  15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry + Bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Ludington
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Indian Village, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then take in the exciting artwork at Fort de Baude Museum, then examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cross In The Woods National Shrine and then explore the striking landscape of Headlands International Dark Sky Park.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Ignace online day trip planner .

Los Angeles to Saint Ignace is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Saint Ignace due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: highs in Saint Ignace hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mackinaw City, Cross In The Woods National Shrine
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Museum of Ojibwa Culture ©
Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then browse the exhibits of Liberty Lego Display, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Maeve's Arts.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary app .

Mackinac Island is just a stone's throw from Saint Ignace. October in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Biddle House ©
Biddle House

2
nights
Traverse City

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Fishtown, examine the collection at Music House Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Empire Bluff Trail, enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, and then learn about winemaking at St. Ambrose Cellars.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Empire Bluff Trail, Fishtown, Music House Museum, St. Ambrose Cellars, Point Betsie Lighthouse
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Music House Museum ©
Music House Museum
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery ©
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery

2
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, stroll through Stearns Park, and then visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse and then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ludington trip planner.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Ludington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Ludington are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ludington

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access
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Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Little Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Little Sable Point Lighthouse

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