8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Effingham
Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus + Ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Petoskey
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
End: Effingham

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Suttons Bay Ciders and Shady Lane Cellars. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Leelanau Wine Cellars and 45 North Vineyard & Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Traverse City: Tandem Cider (in Suttons Bay) and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (in Empire). And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Northern Latitudes Distillery, explore the activities along Grand Traverse Bay, admire the masterpieces at Dennos Museum Center, and examine the collection at Music House Museum.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City travel itinerary planner .

Effingham to Traverse City is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Effingham to Traverse City. When traveling from Effingham in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Traverse City: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Suttons Bay, Lake Leelanau, Leelanau Wine Cellars, Music House Museum, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Leelanau Wine Cellars ©
Leelanau Wine Cellars
Suttons Bay Ciders ©
Suttons Bay Ciders

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 1st (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally make a trip to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): look for gifts at Murdick's Fudge, then play a few rounds at Jewel Golf Course, then contemplate the long history of Biddle House, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 4.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Traverse City in September: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Jewel Golf Course ©
Jewel Golf Course

2
nights
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): browse the fresh offerings at John Cross Fisheries, immerse yourself in nature at Fisherman's Island State Park, learn about winemaking at Royal Farms, Inc., then look for all kinds of wild species at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Rudbeckia Farm and Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through North Western State Trail, learn about winemaking at Walloon Lake Winery, do a tasting at Resort Pike Cidery and Winery, then do a tasting at Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery, then do a tasting at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Petoskey trip builder website .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Petoskey are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Petoskey

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Charlevoix, Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery, Royal Farms, Inc., Thorne Swift Nature Preserve
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Thorne Swift Nature Preserve ©
Thorne Swift Nature Preserve
Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery ©
Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery
Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery ©

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