8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Saugatuck
Drive
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Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Empire
— 2 nights
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Taxi to Traverse City, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
— 2 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Detroit

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Saugatuck

Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. On the 11th (Sat), do a tasting at Cogdal Vineyards and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oval Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Saugatuck online trip planner.

Detroit to Saugatuck is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and car. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Saugatuck

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trip

Ludington

— 2 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 12th (Sun), kick back and relax at Stearns Park, then admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, and then stroll through First Street Beach. On the next day, stroll through Silver Lake State Park, stroll through Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then learn about winemaking at The Fox Barn Winery.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read Ludington trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Saugatuck to Ludington in 2 hours. Traveling from Saugatuck in July, expect nights in Ludington to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are little chillier, around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Empire.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Empire

— 2 nights
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, kick back and relax at Lake Michigan Beach Park, and then take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Empire attractions site.

You can drive from Ludington to Empire in 2 hours. July in Empire sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and ferry from Empire to Mackinac Island takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature · Parks

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 17th (Fri), get interesting insight from Tours, get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach, and finally explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and then take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Munising day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. July in Munising sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.