9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Drive
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South Haven
— 1 night
Drive
2
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
3
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry
4
Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Munising
— 2 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Chicago

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South Haven

— 1 night
South Haven is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): examine the collection at Michigan Maritime Museum and then enjoy the sea views from South Haven Lighthouses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, then trek along Kal Haven Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at North Beach, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our South Haven road trip planning app.

Chicago to South Haven is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to South Haven is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect South Haven to be slightly colder, temps between 78°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in South Haven

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Traverse City

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): trek along Empire Bluff Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Michigan Beach Park, and then hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Clinch Park, do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, then learn about winemaking at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, and finally look for gifts at Cherry Republic of Traverse City.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Traverse City route builder app.

You can drive from South Haven to Traverse City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

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 3rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

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Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in August, you will find days in Mackinac Island are slightly colder (72°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Mackinaw City

— 2 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Petoskey State Park, take a stroll through Historic Gaslight District, and then grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., then browse the exhibits of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then take in nature's colorful creations at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and finally visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mackinaw City holiday maker app.

Traveling by ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City takes an hour. In August, daytime highs in Mackinaw City are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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. Your day by day itinerary now includes Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Chapel Rock and Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Tannery Falls, then admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Munising trip site.

Drive from Mackinaw City to Munising in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Munising sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.