8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
2
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
3
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
4
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive
5
Munising
— 2 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Covington

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Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Grandpa Tiny's Farm.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Frankenmuth road trip planning website.

Cincinnati to Frankenmuth is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cincinnati in August, with highs in Frankenmuth at 78°F and lows at 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): tee off at Manitou Passage Golf Club and then explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, then stroll through Empire Bluff Trail, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Traverse City trip planner.

Drive from Frankenmuth to Traverse City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Traverse City are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip 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 August: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

1
night
Paradise

Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then immerse yourself in nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paradise trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Mackinac Island in August since evenings lows in Paradise dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature · Parks · Museums

2
nights
Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 7th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then try for a hole-in-one at Miners Falls Mini Golf, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Munising trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · 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.