8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Fly
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry
3
Saint Ignace
— 1 night
Drive
4
East Jordan
— 1 night
Drive
5
Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive to Traverse City, Fly to Covington

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Traverse City

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fishtown and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Family-friendly places like Clinch Park and Lake Michigan Beach Park will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Traverse City to Frankfort to see Point Betsie Lighthouse about 50 minutes away. There's more to do: stop by Cherry Republic of Traverse City and do a tasting at Left Foot Charley Winery.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip planning tool.

Cincinnati to Traverse City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cincinnati in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 59°F in Traverse City. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Golf

Side Trips

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Biddle House, make a trip to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, stop by Island House Bike Shop, then steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

Plan trip to Mackinac Island with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in July, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

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Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): wander the wide-open spaces of Deer Ranch, delve into the mystery of Mystery Spot, then take an in-depth tour of Mackinaw Bridge Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Ojibwa Culture.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Saint Ignace online vacation planner.

Ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace in an hour. In July in Saint Ignace, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to East Jordan.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Museums

Side Trip

1
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East Jordan

East Jordan is a city in Charlevoix County, in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the striking features of Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, steep yourself in history at Castle Farms, and then admire the majestic nature at Jordan River Valley.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the East Jordan online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Ignace to East Jordan takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in East Jordan can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Ludington.

Things to do in East Jordan

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Ludington

Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): walk around Ludington Waterfront Park, then relax in the rural setting at Country Dairy, then stop by The Jam Farm, and finally enjoy the sea views from Ludington North Breakwater Light. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park and then visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ludington trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from East Jordan to Ludington in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.