8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan tour builder

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Empire
— 1 night
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, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to New York La Guardia

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Empire

— 1 night
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 3rd (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. On the next day, explore and take pictures at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, then look for gifts at The Cottage Book Shop, then trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, and finally trek along Empire Bluff Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Empire vacation maker website.

New York City to Empire is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in July; daily highs in Empire reach 75°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Ludington

— 2 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stroll around Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, then stroll through Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables, and then see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park, and then walk around Ludington Waterfront Park.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ludington tour planner.

Drive from Empire to Ludington in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

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 7th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock. On the next day, explore the activities along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Munising trip builder site.

You can drive from Ludington to Munising in 5.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Munising are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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 (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Great Turtle Kayak Tours, look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island trip planning website.

Getting from Munising to Mackinac Island by combination of car, bus, and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. July in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites

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.