8 days in Northeast Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Northeast Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northeast Michigan visit planner
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Fly to Pellston, Bus to Mackinaw City
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Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gaylord
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alpena
— 1 night
Drive
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East Tawas
— 2 nights
Drive

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Mackinaw City — 2 nights

Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. Go for a jaunt from Mackinaw City to Indian River to see Cross In The Woods National Shrine about 32 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Headlands International Dark Sky Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, stop by Teysen's Gift Shop, see the interesting displays at Great Lake Light House Keepers, and get engrossed in the history at Mackinaw Bridge Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinaw City route builder site.

Columbus to Mackinaw City is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Columbus in October: highs in Mackinaw City hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gaylord.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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Gaylord — 2 nights

Gaylord is a city in and the county seat of Otsego County, Michigan, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Up North Blueberry Farm, then see the interesting displays at Call of the Wild Museum, and then walk around Gaylord's City Elk Park. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Hartwick Pines State Park, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then ski along the peaceful trails at Hanson Hills Recreation Area.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Gaylord trip maker site.

You can drive from Mackinaw City to Gaylord in an hour. October in Gaylord sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Alpena.
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Alpena — 1 night

Alpena is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Alpena County. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): learn about all things military at Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, identify plant and animal life at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, then examine the collection at Besser Museum, and finally do a tasting at Thunder Bay Winery.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Alpena tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Gaylord to Alpena in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to East Tawas.
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Museums · Parks · Wineries · Wildlife

East Tawas — 2 nights

East Tawas is a city in Iosco County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 2nd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Bailey School, then experience rural life at Cedarbrook Trout Farm, and then enjoy the sea views from Tawas Point Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): admire all the interesting features of River Road Scenic Byway, then make a trip to Lumberman's Monument, and then appreciate the history behind Lumberman's Monument Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a East Tawas vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Alpena to East Tawas in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in East Tawas are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive back home.
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Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive
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