8 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

Start: Fort Wayne
Drive:  4​h 30​min
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Harbor Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Fort Wayne


Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, look for gifts at The Jam Farm, then kick back and relax at Stearns Park, and finally walk around Ludington Waterfront Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ludington itinerary app .

Fort Wayne to Ludington is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Wayne in October: highs in Ludington hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Empire.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Nature Beaches
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Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Ludington Waterfront Park ©
Ludington Waterfront Park
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse


Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. On the 2nd (Sat), take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fishtown, then hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, then hike along Empire Bluff Trail, and finally stop by The Cottage Book Shop.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Empire trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Ludington to Empire takes 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Empire can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Harbor Springs.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Glen Arbor, Fishtown
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The Cottage Book Shop ©
The Cottage Book Shop

Harbor Springs

Harbor Springs is a city and resort community in Emmet County in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Harbor Springs: Charlevoix (Castle Farms & Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix) and Traverse City (Grand Traverse Distillery, Beer Tastings & Tours, & more).

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You can drive from Empire to Harbor Springs in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Harbor Springs can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Harbor Springs

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Traverse City, Charlevoix
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Beer Tastings & Tours
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse