8 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northwest Michigan tour planner

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Ludington
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Arcadia
— 2 nights
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
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Charlevoix
— 1 night
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Ludington

Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, look for gifts at The Jam Farm, then visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light, and finally stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ludington itinerary builder website.

Kalamazoo to Ludington is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. When traveling from Kalamazoo in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Ludington, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Arcadia.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Nature

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Arcadia

Arcadia Township is a civil township of Manistee County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, then take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then trek along Betsie Valley Trail. On the next day, play a few rounds at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, then don't miss a visit to The Frankfort Light, then look for all kinds of wild species at Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve, and finally learn about winemaking at St. Ambrose Cellars.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Arcadia online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Ludington to Arcadia takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Arcadia are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Arcadia

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Golf

Side Trips

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (in Empire) and Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center (in Suttons Bay). And it doesn't end there: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, take a stroll through Front Street, steep yourself in history at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and visit a coastal fixture at Mission Point Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Traverse City online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arcadia to Traverse City takes 1.5 hours. September in Traverse City sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Charlevoix.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Charlevoix

Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): make a trip to Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, step into the grandiose world of Castle Farms, then identify plant and animal life at Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Jordan River Valley.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Charlevoix online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Traverse City to Charlevoix in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Charlevoix can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips