8 days in Traverse City & Mackinac Island Itinerary

8 days in Traverse City & Mackinac Island Itinerary

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8 days in Traverse City & Mackinac Island Itinerary

Start: Chicago
subway + Fly:  3​h
1
Traverse City
— 5 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Chicago

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Kayaking & Canoeing and Stearns Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Mackinac Bridge (in Saint Ignace), Mackinaw City (Colonial Michilimackinac & Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park) and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (in Empire). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, look for gifts at American Spoon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clinch Park, and wander the streets of Front Street.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Traverse City online trip itinerary maker .

Chicago to Traverse City is an approximately 3-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in June, with highs in Traverse City at 76°F and lows at 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mackinaw City, Stearns Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Kayaking & Canoeing, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access
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Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 22nd (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Biddle House. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally look for gifts at Caddywampus.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island online vacation planner .

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Traverse City in June: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

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

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