8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Dayton
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5 h
1
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Petoskey
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
End: Dayton

3
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Palms Book State Park and Sand Point Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Miners Castle Rock. Step out of Munising with an excursion to Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) in Manistique--about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Tannery Falls, explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach, and look for gifts at Upper Peninsula Inspired.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Munising trip itinerary builder tool .

Dayton to Munising is an approximately 5-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dayton in August; daily highs in Munising reach 74°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Manistique
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Chapel Rock and Beach ©
Chapel Rock and Beach
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach

1
night
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. On the 21st (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Petoskey State Park, then wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Traverse Wheelway.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Petoskey day trip planning app .

You can drive from Munising to Petoskey in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Petoskey are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Nature Trails
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Historic Gaslight District ©
Historic Gaslight District
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Petoskey State Park
Petoskey State Park

3
nights
Traverse City

Traverse City
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.
Get outdoors at Hartwick Pines State Park and Lake Michigan Beach Park. You'll get in some beach time at Clinch Park and Frankfort Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Traverse City: First Street Beach (in Manistee) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Grayling). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Traverse City itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Petoskey to Traverse City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Grayling, Lake Michigan Beach Park, Frankfort Beach, First Street Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hartwick Pines State Park
Hartwick Pines State Park
Grand Traverse Distillery ©
Grand Traverse Distillery

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