8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
2
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Fly to Chippewa County International Airport, Drive to Manistique
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Manistique
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 1 night
Drive
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Sault Ste. Marie
— 1 night
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Traverse City

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): do a tasting at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Chateau Grand Traverse Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Grand Traverse Bay, then learn about winemaking at Hawthorne Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Mari Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Black Star Farms Old Mission Winery.

Plan trip to Traverse City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Detroit to Traverse City is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries · Nature · Parks

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): make a trip to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, then don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally play a few rounds at Jewel Golf Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, then discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, then relax and rejuvenate at Lilac Tree Spa, and finally enjoy the sea views from Round Island Lighthouse.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. While traveling from Traverse City, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Manistique

— 1 night
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. state of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. On the 21st (Wed), do a tasting at Mackinaw Trail Winery, then learn about winemaking at Garden Bay Winery, and then admire the majestic nature at Indian Lake State Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Manistique trip itinerary maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mackinac Island to Manistique. Expect little chillier evenings in Manistique when traveling from Mackinac Island in October, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Manistique

Nature · Parks · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trip

Munising

— 1 night
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 22nd (Thu), stop by Upper Peninsula Inspired and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Munising visit planner.

Traveling by car from Manistique to Munising takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Munising are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Sault Ste. Marie

— 1 night
Sault Ste. On the 24th (Sat), try your luck at Kewadin Casino and then try your luck at Bay Mills Resort & Casinos.

Make your Sault Ste. Marie itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Munising to Sault Ste. Marie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trip

Michigan travel guide

4.7
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.