9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan attractions planner

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Manistee
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Glen Arbor
— 2 nights
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Manistique
— 2 nights
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Petoskey
— 1 night
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
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Manistee

Manistee is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse and then enjoy the sand and surf at First Street Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Manistee attractions planner.

Kalamazoo to Manistee is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Traveling from Kalamazoo in August, expect nights in Manistee to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are little chillier, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Glen Arbor.

Things to do in Manistee

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites
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Glen Arbor

— 2 nights
Glen Arbor Township is a civil township of Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): hike along Empire Bluff Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Michigan Beach Park, do a tasting at St. Ambrose Cellars, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Frankfort Beach.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Glen Arbor online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Manistee to Glen Arbor takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Glen Arbor

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manistique

— 2 nights
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. state of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Palms Book State Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring). Here are some ideas for day two: trek along The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk and then immerse yourself in nature at Fayette Historic State Park.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manistique trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Glen Arbor to Manistique takes 4.5 hours. In August in Manistique, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Petoskey

— 1 night
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District, make a trip to Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, then stroll through Little Traverse Wheelway, and finally stroll through Thorne Swift Nature Preserve.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Petoskey trip builder app.

Getting from Manistique to Petoskey by car takes about 2.5 hours. August in Petoskey sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 3 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery and Chateau Grand Traverse Winery. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, and grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Traverse City journey app.

Getting from Petoskey to Traverse City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Wineries · Parks · Golf

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.