9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Manistee
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Glen Arbor
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Manistique
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Petoskey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Kalamazoo

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Manistee

Manistee
Manistee is a city in the U.S. On the 11th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse and then enjoy the sand and surf at First Street Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Manistee journey app .

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) early enough to drive to Glen Arbor.

Things to do in Manistee

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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Glen Arbor

Glen Arbor ©
Glen Arbor Township is a civil township of Leelanau County in the U.S. On the 12th (Mon), stroll through Empire Bluff Trail and then get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Lake Michigan Beach Park, learn about winemaking at St. Ambrose Cellars, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Frankfort Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Glen Arbor trip builder .

Getting from Manistee to Glen Arbor by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Glen Arbor can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Glen Arbor

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Empire, Frankfort Beach, St. Ambrose Cellars
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St. Ambrose Cellars ©
St. Ambrose Cellars

2
nights
Manistique

Manistique
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Palms Book State Park and then explore the activities along Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring). On the next day, trek along The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk and then admire all the interesting features of Fayette Historic State Park.

Discover how to plan a Manistique trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Glen Arbor to Manistique in 4.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Fayette Historic State Park
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Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)

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night
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District, then make a trip to Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, then grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Petoskey trip planner .

Traveling by car from Manistique to Petoskey takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix
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Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Thorne Swift Nature Preserve ©
Thorne Swift Nature Preserve
Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix ©

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and Sunset Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and Bowers Harbor Vineyards. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clinch Park, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Traverse City driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Petoskey to Traverse City in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Wineries Parks
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Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery ©
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery
Bowers Harbor Vineyards ©
Bowers Harbor Vineyards

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