8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Royal Oak
— 1 night
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Battle Creek
— 1 night
Drive
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Lansing
— 1 night
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Royal Oak

— 1 night
Royal Oak is a city in Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Detroit Zoo, then browse the exhibits of Cranbrook Institute of Science, and then contemplate the long history of Cranbrook House and Gardens.

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Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Royal Oak. In June in Royal Oak, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Royal Oak

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 5th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip planner.

Traveling by journey from Royal Oak to Mackinac Island takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Royal Oak in June, things will get slightly colder in Mackinac Island: highs are around 67°F and lows about 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Frankfort Beach, learn about winemaking at St. Ambrose Cellars, then kick back and relax at Lake Michigan Beach Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Front Street, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, and finally tee off at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Traverse City trip planning tool.

You can travel from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 13 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in June, you will find days in Traverse City are a bit warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Battle Creek.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Battle Creek

— 1 night
Battle Creek is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, in northwest Calhoun County, at the confluence of the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek rivers. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): enjoy some diversion at Milham Park, then examine the collection at Air Zoo, then get to know the resident critters at Binder Park Zoo, and finally try to win big at Firekeeper's Casino.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Battle Creek travel route planner.

Drive from Traverse City to Battle Creek in 3.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Battle Creek are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lansing.

Things to do in Battle Creek

Fun & Games · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Lansing

— 1 night
Lansing is the capital of the US state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): engage your brain at Impression 5 Science Center, explore the galleries of R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, and then visit Old Town.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lansing travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Battle Creek to Lansing takes an hour. June in Lansing sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Lansing

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Michigan travel guide

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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.