9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan attractions planner

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Empire
— 1 night
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Taxi to Traverse City, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
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Paradise
— 1 night
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Munising
— 2 nights
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Ontonagon
— 1 night
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Dearborn
— 2 nights
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Empire

— 1 night
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): trek along Old Indian Trail and then take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Empire attractions planner.

Kalamazoo to Empire is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kalamazoo in August: highs in Empire hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then admire all the interesting features of Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island online road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and ferry from Empire to Mackinac Island takes 5.5 hours. In August in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Paradise

— 1 night
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paradise route planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Mackinac Island in August since evenings lows in Paradise dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums · Parks · Nature

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): walk around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and then admire the sheer force of Spray Falls.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Munising trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Paradise to Munising in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Munising are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Ontonagon

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls.

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Drive from Munising to Ontonagon in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Dearborn

— 2 nights
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 15th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and then contemplate the long history of Motown Museum. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, see the interesting displays at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, and then examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dearborn trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Dearborn takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ontonagon in August, with highs in Dearborn at 81°F and lows at 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.