9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Mears
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus + Ferry:  4​h 15​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  30​min
4
Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Tampa, Florida

2
nights
Mears

Mears ©
Golden Township is a civil township of Oceana County in the U.S. On the 6th (Sat), enjoy the sea views from Ludington North Breakwater Light, look for gifts at The Jam Farm, then enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Silver Lake State Park, then enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mears itinerary builder tool .

Tampa to Mears is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Tampa in July, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Mears: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mears

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ludington, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access
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Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Silver Lake State Park ©
Silver Lake State Park

2
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.
On the 8th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Fishtown, stop by Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Clinch Park, do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, and then hike along Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Traverse City online visit planner .

Drive from Mears to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. July in Traverse City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor, Fishtown
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2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, contemplate the long history of Biddle House, stop by Island House Bike Shop, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island day trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in July, you will find days in Mackinac Island are little chillier (73°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Museums
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St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes

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nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Mackinaw Bridge Museum, explore and take pictures at Deer Ranch, then examine the collection at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and finally admire the majestic nature at Straits State Park. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc. and then contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mackinaw City trip planning website .

Mackinaw City is very close to Mackinac Island. July in Mackinaw City sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Saint Ignace
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Mackinaw Bridge Museum ©
Mackinaw Bridge Museum
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park
Museum of Ojibwa Culture ©
Museum of Ojibwa Culture

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