8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Petoskey
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Petoskey
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 1 night
Drive
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Hart
— 1 night
Drive
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Holland
— 1 night
Drive
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Dearborn
— 2 nights
Fly

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Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 4th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and finally contemplate the long history of Trinity Church.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island attractions website.

New York City to Mackinac Island is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in August, with highs in Mackinac Island at 72°F and lows at 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Petoskey

— 1 night
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. On the 5th (Wed), kick back and relax at Depot Beach, kick back and relax at Michigan Beach Park, and then grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Petoskey holiday planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Petoskey can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

Traverse City

— 1 night

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.
On the 6th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Michigan Artists Gallery, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Clinch Park, and finally play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Traverse City holiday planner.

Drive from Petoskey to Traverse City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Traverse City sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Hart.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Beaches · Golf · Tours

Hart

— 1 night
Hart is a city in the U.S. On the 7th (Fri), enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hart travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Traverse City to Hart in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Hart can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Holland.

Things to do in Hart

Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Holland

— 1 night
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. On the 8th (Sat), tee off at Ravines Golf Club, stroll through Oval Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Carolyn Stich Studio, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Holland attractions planning site.

You can drive from Hart to Holland in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Holland can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Holland

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Golf

Side Trip

Dearborn

— 2 nights
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts and then examine the collection at The Henry Ford. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront and then examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dearborn trip planner.

You can drive from Holland to Dearborn in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Dearborn can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums

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.