9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Petoskey
3
Petoskey
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Manistique
— 1 night
Drive
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Marquette
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery and Bowers Harbor Vineyards. Get outdoors at Empire Bluff Trail and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: St. Ambrose Cellars (in Beulah) and Lake Michigan Beach Park (in Empire). It doesn't end there: explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and tour the pleasant surroundings at Clinch Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Traverse City trip itinerary planner.

Detroit to Traverse City is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit in July, Traverse City is slightly colder at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 9th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, tee off at Jewel Golf Course, and then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

Before you visit Mackinac Island, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in July, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Golf

Petoskey

— 2 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, then see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., then see the interesting displays at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Petoskey State Park, then stop by Historic Gaslight District, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Traverse Wheelway.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Petoskey trip maker website.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Petoskey by combination of ferry and bus takes about 3 hours. In July in Petoskey, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Manistique

— 1 night
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Lake Effect Art Gallery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Palms Book State Park, and then explore the activities along Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring).

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Manistique holiday maker.

You can drive from Petoskey to Manistique in 2.5 hours. July in Manistique sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Manistique

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Marquette

— 1 night
Marquette is a city in the U.S. On the 14th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, wander the streets of Downtown Marquette, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Marquette online journey builder.

You can drive from Manistique to Marquette in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.