8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Indian River
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
4
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
ferry + bus:  2​h 15​min
5
Petoskey
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: New York City

2
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.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Mission Lighthouse and Front Street. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, and sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City holiday app .

New York City to Traverse City is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in August: high temperatures in Traverse City hover around 79°F and lows are around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Indian River.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum
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Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©

1
night
Indian River

Indian River ©
Indian River is an unincorporated community in Cheboygan County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get outside with Arts & Adventure at BrassWind Landing, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cross In The Woods National Shrine, then stop by Chillermania!, and finally learn about winemaking at Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Indian River travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Traverse City to Indian River in 2 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in August, Indian River is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Indian River

Outdoors Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery
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Chillermania! ©
Chillermania!
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery ©
Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery

2
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. On the 24th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, then enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then enjoy the sea views from McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, and finally examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): walk around Colonial Michilimackinac, stop by JoAnn's Fudge, then take an in-depth tour of Mackinaw Bridge Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinaw City trip planning app .

Mackinaw City is just a short distance from Indian River. While traveling from Indian River, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mackinaw City, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Saint Ignace
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Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 26th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Biddle House, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then browse the exhibits of Fort Mackinac, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island itinerary planner.

Mackinac Island is very close to Mackinaw City. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Museums
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Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
Biddle House ©
Biddle House
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

1
night
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway, and then admire the striking features of Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Petoskey road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Petoskey can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Petoskey

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix
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Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix ©

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