8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan travel route 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
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, then learn about winemaking at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Blustone Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Suttons Bay Ciders. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Chateau Grand Traverse Winery, then do a tasting at Mari Vineyards, then do a tasting at Hawthorne Vineyards, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Traverse Bay.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip maker tool.

Detroit to Traverse City is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or fly; or take a bus. October in Traverse City sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, and finally tee off at Jewel Golf Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): head off the coast to Eagle Point Cave, contemplate the long history of Biddle House, stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, then surround yourself with nature on Great Turtle Kayak Tours, then relax and rejuvenate at Lilac Tree Spa, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Traverse City in October: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

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. To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Manistique trip maker site.

Explore your travel options from Mackinac Island to Manistique with the Route module. Traveling from Mackinac Island in October, Manistique is a bit cooler at night with lows of 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Manistique

Nature · Parks · Wineries

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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the sheer force of Laughing Whitefish Falls.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Munising driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Manistique to Munising takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Sault Ste. Marie

— 1 night
Sault Ste. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Tower of History.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Sault Ste. Marie trip planner.

You can drive from Munising to Sault Ste. Marie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Sault Ste. Marie sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Casinos · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

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.