9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Petoskey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Mears
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
End: New York City

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Michigan Beach Park and Clinch Park. Attractions like First Street Beach and Frankfort Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (in Empire) and Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club (in Arcadia). There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City sightseeing planner .

New York City to Traverse City is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in July; daily highs in Traverse City reach 80°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Empire, Frankfort Beach, Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, First Street Beach
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Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club ©
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club
Grand Traverse Distillery ©
Grand Traverse Distillery

1
night
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. On the 9th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Michigan Beach Park, grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway, then take a stroll through Historic Gaslight District, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Petoskey State Park.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Petoskey trip planner .

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Petoskey takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Traverse City in July: highs in Petoskey hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Michigan Beach Park
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Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Historic Gaslight District ©
Historic Gaslight District
Petoskey State Park
Petoskey State Park

3
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sand Point Beach and Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge. Change things up with these side-trips from Munising: Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)) and Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Munising trip planning website .

You can drive from Petoskey to Munising in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mears.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Manistique, Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, Fayette Historic State Park
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach

2
nights
Mears

Mears ©
Golden Township is a civil township of Oceana County in the U.S. On the 13th (Sat), kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, then visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, then admire all the interesting features of Country Dairy, and finally kick back and relax at Pere Marquette Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Silver Lake State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, and then have fun and explore at Sandcastles Children's Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mears trip planner .

You can drive from Munising to Mears in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. July in Mears sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mears

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ludington, Country Dairy, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, Pere Marquette Park
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Silver Lake State Park ©
Silver Lake State Park
Sandcastles Children's Museum ©
Sandcastles Children's Museum

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