8 days in Ohio, Michigan & Indiana Itinerary

8 days in Ohio, Michigan & Indiana Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

Make it your trip
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Fort Wayne
— 1 night



— 2 nights

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cleveland: Cedar Point (in Sandusky), Back to the Wild (in Castalia) and James H. McBride Arboretum (in Huron). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, try to win big at JACK Cleveland Casino, admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art, and make a trip to Heinen's Downtown.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cleveland trip itinerary maker site.

Charlotte to Cleveland is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Charlotte in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cleveland: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Detroit.

Things to do in Cleveland

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips


— 1 night

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
On the 27th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts and then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Detroit day trip planner.

You can fly from Cleveland to Detroit in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Detroit


Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Detroit to Mackinac Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Detroit in July, expect Mackinac Island to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Traverse City

— 2 nights

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.
On the 29th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Traverse City online attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City takes 5 hours. When traveling from Mackinac Island in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Traverse City: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Fort Wayne.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Fort Wayne

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, then examine the collection at Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, and then explore the galleries of Cathedral Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fort Wayne route maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Traverse City to Fort Wayne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Fort Wayne

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ohio travel guide

Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.

Michigan travel guide

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.

Indiana travel guide

Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.