9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Bus
3
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Empire
— 1 night
Drive
5
Ludington
— 1 night
Ferry to Manitowoc, Drive to Madison

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Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, then admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, then get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Munising trip itinerary builder site.

Madison to Munising is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madison to Munising. Traveling from Madison in July, things will get little chillier in Munising: highs are around 74°F and lows about 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and then contemplate the long history of Biddle House. On your second day here, visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, make a trip to Trinity Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip website.

You can do a combination of car and bus from Munising to Mackinac Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

2
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Traverse City

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.
On the 30th (Thu), kick back and relax at Clinch Park, get interesting insight from Tours, then steep yourself in history at Fishtown, and finally stop by Secret Garden at Brys Estate. On your second day here, grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, enjoy the sea views from Mission Point Lighthouse, and then browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Traverse City online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Traverse City by bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, expect nights in Traverse City to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Empire.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

1
night
Empire

Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. On the 1st (Sat), look for gifts at The Cottage Book Shop, trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, then hike along Dunes Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Empire Bluff Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Empire travel planning website.

Drive from Traverse City to Empire in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Empire, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Empire

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

1
night
Ludington

Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Father Jacques Marquette Shrine, and finally enjoy the sea views from Ludington North Breakwater Light. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Stearns Park and then stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ludington holiday planning tool.

Getting from Empire to Ludington by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daytime highs in Ludington are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

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.