8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Glen Arbor
— 2 nights
Traverse City
— 1 night
— 2 nights


Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock and then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, get the lay of the land with Fort Mackinac, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island online journey planner.

Cleveland to Mackinac Island is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. 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. Traveling from Cleveland in July, things will get little chillier in Mackinac Island: highs are around 73°F and lows about 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Glen Arbor.
Parks · Tours · Nature · Wildlife

Glen Arbor — 2 nights

Glen Arbor Township is a civil township of Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 12th (Tue), stop by Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor, then gear up at Gear Rentals, and then trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Glen Arbor itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mackinac Island to Glen Arbor. July in Glen Arbor sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.
Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Trails

Traverse City — 1 night

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 13th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Mission Point Lighthouse, then take a stroll through Front Street, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Traverse City road trip tool.

Getting from Glen Arbor to Traverse City by car takes about an hour. In July in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 59°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Saugatuck.
Shopping · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Tours

Saugatuck — 2 nights

Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 14th (Thu), explore the activities along Kalamazoo River. On the next day, make a trip to Butler Street, stroll through Oval Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Amazwi Contemporary Art.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Saugatuck online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Traverse City to Saugatuck in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Saugatuck sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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Michigan travel guide

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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.