9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan attractions planner
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Traverse City
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— 3 nights
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Traverse City — 2 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Clinch Park and Frankfort Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Caberfae Peaks and Crystal Mountain. When in Traverse City, make a side trip to see First Street Beach in Manistee, approximately Manistee away. It doesn't end there: stop by Cherry Republic of Traverse City and visit a coastal fixture at Mission Point Lighthouse.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Traverse City online holiday planner.

Newark to Traverse City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Newark in January, expect Traverse City to be slightly colder, temps between 29°F and 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ludington.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Golf
Side Trips

Ludington — 1 night

Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 7th (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park and then walk around Stearns Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ludington holiday planning site.

Getting from Traverse City to Ludington by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°F, and evening lows to 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lansing.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Lansing — 1 night

Lansing is the capital of the US state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Michigan State Capitol and then look for gifts at Horrocks Farm Market.

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

You can drive from Ludington to Lansing in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Lansing can reach 30°F, while at night they dip to 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Munising.

Munising — 3 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge and Palms Book State Park. Step out of the city life by going to Nature's Kennel Sled Dog Racing and Adventures and Tannery Falls. Step out of Munising with an excursion to Tahquamenon Logging Museum in Newberry--about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls.

Make your Munising itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Lansing to Munising in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In January in Munising, expect temperatures between 26°F during the day and 13°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Petoskey.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Petoskey — 1 night

Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 12th (Wed), stroll through Nub's Nob and then immerse yourself in nature at Petoskey State Park.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Petoskey trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Munising to Petoskey by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Petoskey are 26°F, while nighttime lows are 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Side Trip

Michigan travel guide

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.