8 days in Michigan’s Central Upper Peninsula, Mackinac Island & Traverse City Itinerary

8 days in Michigan’s Central Upper Peninsula, Mackinac Island & Traverse City Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan’s Central Upper Peninsula, Mackinac Island & Traverse City Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 30​min
1
Munising
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Bus + Ferry:  6​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry + Bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h
End: Detroit

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Family-friendly places like Oswald's Bear Ranch and Sand Point Beach will thrill your kids. Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, look for gifts at Open Wings Pottery & Gallery, putt your heart out at Miners Falls Mini Golf, and take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

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Detroit to Munising is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Detroit in July, things will get a bit cooler in Munising: highs are around 74°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Oswald's Bear Ranch
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Oswald's Bear Ranch ©
Oswald's Bear Ranch
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Biddle House, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Caddywampus, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Mackinac Island journey builder .

You can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Tours
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island 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.
Bring the kids along to Kayaking & Canoeing and Clinch Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Empire (Lake Michigan Beach Park & Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore). And it doesn't end there: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, tee off at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Park, and hunt for treasures at Gallaghers Farm Market.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Mackinac Island in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Traverse City, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Empire, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Gallaghers Farm Market ©
Gallaghers Farm Market

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