9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Mears
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Grayling
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
End: Cincinnati

3
nights
Mears

Mears ©
Golden Township is a civil township of Oceana County in the U.S. Bring the kids along to Rainbow Ranch and Silver Lake State Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at First Street Beach and Fifth Avenue Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Mears side-trips: Manistee (Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse & Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary).

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read Mears trip builder .

Detroit to Mears is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Detroit in July, things will get a bit cooler in Mears: highs are around 76°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mears

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manistee, Rainbow Ranch, Michigan's Adventure
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Silver Lake State Park ©
Silver Lake State Park
Michigan's Adventure ©
Michigan's Adventure
Fifth Avenue Beach ©
Fifth Avenue Beach

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.
On the 9th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Michigan Beach Park and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Platte Point Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Frankfort Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Traverse City trip planning website .

Drive from Mears to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grayling.

Things to do in Traverse City

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Platte Point Beach, Lake Michigan Beach Park, Frankfort Beach

1
night
Grayling

Grayling ©
Grayling is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): trek along Mason Tract Pathway, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then see the interesting displays at Grayling Fish Hatchery Museum Project.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Grayling vacation planner.

Getting from Traverse City to Grayling by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Grayling when traveling from Traverse City in July, with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Grayling

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Grayling Fish Hatchery Museum Project ©

2
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. On the 12th (Fri), have fun at Animal Tracks, then get engrossed in the history at Mackinaw Bridge Museum, then explore and take pictures at Deer Ranch, and finally walk around Colonial Michilimackinac. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Headlands International Dark Sky Park.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mackinaw City online visit planner .

Drive from Grayling to Mackinaw City in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Grayling, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Mackinaw City, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Deer Ranch
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Deer Ranch ©
Deer Ranch
Animal Tracks ©
Animal Tracks
Headlands International Dark Sky Park ©

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