9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Drive
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Saugatuck
— 1 day
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Empire
— 2 nights
Drive
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Petoskey
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
5
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
— 3 nights
Fly

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Saugatuck

Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. On the 11th (Fri), do some rugged touring at Saugatuck Dune Rides, then kick back and relax at Oval Beach, and then stroll through Kal Haven Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Saugatuck route planner.

Chicago to Saugatuck is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Saugatuck is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Saugatuck, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Saugatuck

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trip

1
night
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then admire nature's extreme beauty at Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Frankenmuth trip planning website.

You can drive from Saugatuck to Frankenmuth in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, train, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Empire.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

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nights
Empire

Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. On the 13th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. On your second day here, hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, hike along Empire Bluff Trail, then explore and take pictures at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and finally do a tasting at St. Ambrose Cellars.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Empire tour builder tool.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Empire in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Empire are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Petoskey.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

1
night
Petoskey

Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. On the 15th (Tue), kick your exploration up a notch at Wildwood Rush Zip Line Canopy Tour, learn about winemaking at Walloon Lake Winery, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway, and finally take a stroll through Historic Gaslight District.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Petoskey sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from Empire to Petoskey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Petoskey, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Petoskey

Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods · Trails

Side Trip

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island day trip site.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Petoskey to Mackinac Island in 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

3
nights
Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Palms Book State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Munising: Marquette (Presque Isle Park & Sugarloaf Mountain) and Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) (in Manistique). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Munising trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In September in Munising, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.