9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Tampa
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  8​h 45​min
1
Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Traverse City
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
4
Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Tampa

2
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Country Dairy, then enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, and then visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ludington online road trip planner .

Tampa to Ludington is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Tampa in July, you will find days in Ludington are slightly colder (76°F), and nights are cooler (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Country Dairy
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Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Country Dairy ©
Country Dairy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Fishtown, stop by Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor, and then explore and take pictures at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, then hike along Empire Bluff Trail, and then learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Traverse City trip tool .

Getting from Ludington to Traverse City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Empire, Fishtown, Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor, Point Betsie Lighthouse
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Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor
Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, contemplate the long history of Biddle House, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then stop by Island House Bike Shop, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island driving holiday tool .

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Traverse City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Museums
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St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes

2
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Mackinaw Bridge Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then immerse yourself in nature at Straits State Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cross In The Woods National Shrine. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and then examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc..

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mackinaw City online route builder .

Mackinaw City is just a stone's throw from Mackinac Island. In August, daily temperatures in Mackinaw City can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Cross In The Woods National Shrine
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Mackinaw Bridge Museum ©
Mackinaw Bridge Museum
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©

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