8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Marquette
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Drive + Ferry:  6​h 45​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry + Bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Petoskey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Columbus

3
nights
Marquette

Marquette
Marquette is a city in the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palms Book State Park and Blackrocks Brewery. Change things up with these side-trips from Marquette: Munising (Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, Sand Point Beach, & more) and Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) (in Manistique). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Downtown Marquette, relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy, take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Marquette online visit planner .

Columbus to Marquette is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Columbus in November; daily highs in Marquette reach 39°F and lows reach 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Munising, Manistique
Highlights from your plan
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach
Blackrocks Brewery ©
Blackrocks Brewery

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island road trip planner.

Getting from Marquette to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Marquette in November, Mackinac Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

1
night
Petoskey

Petoskey
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castle Farms, make a trip to Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, then take a stroll through Historic Gaslight District, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Petoskey State Park.

Before you visit Petoskey, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in November, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Charlevoix
Highlights from your plan
Petoskey State Park
Petoskey State Park
Castle Farms ©
Castle Farms
Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix ©

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 8th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, then learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Bowers Harbor Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): stroll through Empire Bluff Trail, then steep yourself in history at Fishtown, and then experience rural life at Tandem Cider.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Traverse City day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Petoskey to Traverse City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in November, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Empire Bluff Trail, Point Betsie Lighthouse, Fishtown, Tandem Cider
Highlights from your plan
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Tandem Cider ©
Tandem Cider
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery ©
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery

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