9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan journey planner

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Petoskey
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Petoskey
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Frankfort
— 1 night
Drive
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Ludington
— 1 night
Drive
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Muskegon
— 2 nights
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Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 8th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, then steep yourself in history at Biddle House, then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, and finally discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island route planner.

Detroit to Mackinac Island is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Detroit in August; daily highs in Mackinac Island reach 72°F and lows reach 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Petoskey

— 1 night
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 10th (Mon), get outside with Wildwood Rush Zip Line Canopy Tour, stroll through Little Traverse Wheelway, and then wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Petoskey online road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey takes 3 hours. In August in Petoskey, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Park, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, tee off at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, then do a tasting at Mari Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Peninsula Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Chateau Grand Traverse Winery, then learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, and then kick back and relax at Clinch Park.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Traverse City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Petoskey to Traverse City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Frankfort.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Frankfort

— 1 night
Frankfort is a city in Benzie County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Frankfort Beach and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Frankfort trip planning app.

You can drive from Traverse City to Frankfort in an hour. In August in Frankfort, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Frankfort

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Ludington

— 1 night
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): have fun and explore at Sandcastles Children's Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light, and then kick back and relax at Stearns Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ludington online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Frankfort to Ludington in 1.5 hours. In August in Ludington, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Muskegon.

Things to do in Ludington

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Muskegon

— 2 nights
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, and is the largest populated city on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Hackley and Hume Historic Site, then enjoy the sea views from Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, and then admire the majestic nature at Grand Haven State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at USS LST 393, kick back and relax at Pere Marquette Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Hoffmaster State Park.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Muskegon trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Ludington to Muskegon takes an hour. In August in Muskegon, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Muskegon

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Michigan travel guide

4.7
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.

Muskegon County travel guide

4.4
Theme Parks · State Parks · Beaches