9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Traverse City
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Mears
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Cleveland

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Clinch Park and Sunset Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Betsie Lighthouse and Hartwick Pines State Park. Explore Traverse City's surroundings by going to Kayaking & Canoeing (in Grayling), Petoskey (Petoskey State Park & Little Traverse Wheelway) and Empire Bluff Trail (in Empire). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, shop like a local with Northern Latitudes Distillery, contemplate the long history of Fishtown, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Traverse City trip planner .

Cleveland to Traverse City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cleveland in June, plan for little chillier nights in Traverse City, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Mears.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grayling, Petoskey, Northern Latitudes Distillery, Point Betsie Lighthouse, Empire Bluff Trail
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Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Hartwick Pines State Park
Hartwick Pines State Park

2
nights
Mears

Mears ©
Golden Township is a civil township of Oceana County in the U.S. On the 2nd (Thu), visit a coastal fixture at Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, then visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, then enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, and then stop by The Jam Farm.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mears trip planner .

Getting from Traverse City to Mears by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July in Mears, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mears

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Ludington, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse
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Little Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Little Sable Point Lighthouse
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Alger Falls and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach, get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Munising online journey planner .

Getting from Mears to Munising by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. July in Munising sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach
Alger Falls ©
Alger Falls

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