8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Dearborn
— 1 night
Fly to Marquette, Taxi to Munising
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Munising
— 2 nights
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Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, 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
— 2 nights
Fly

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Dearborn

— 1 night
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 3rd (Mon), take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then see the interesting displays at Motown Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Dearborn holiday tool.

New York City to Dearborn is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 64°F in Dearborn. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Miner's Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Munising trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Dearborn to Munising in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Dearborn in August, with highs in Munising at 74°F and lows at 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island holiday planning tool.

You can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to 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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at Michigan Beach Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Depot Beach, then do a tasting at Walloon Lake Winery, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Petoskey trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey takes 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 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Traverse City journey planner.

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 your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

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.