8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Fly
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Traverse City
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry
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Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marquette
— 3 nights
Fly

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Traverse City

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 22nd (Sat), examine the collection at Music House Museum, learn about winemaking at Left Foot Charley Winery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Clinch Park. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room, do a tasting at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, and then do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip planner.

New York City to Traverse City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in Traverse City dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then stop by The Big Store, and finally surround yourself with nature on Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip maker website.

Getting from Traverse City to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in May, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Petoskey State Park, wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Rudbeckia Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Fort de Baude Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then stroll around Bridge View Park, and finally visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mackinaw City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City takes an hour. In May in Mackinaw City, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Marquette

Marquette is a city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sand Point Beach and Pictured Rocks Kayaking. Get in touch with nature at Sugarloaf Mountain and Bridal Veil Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Miners Falls in Munising (about 1h 5 min away). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Downtown Marquette, view the masterpieces at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, and relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Marquette trip maker app.

You can drive from Mackinaw City to Marquette in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Adventure

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.