9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan vacation planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Saint Joseph
Drive
2
Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Empire
— 2 nights
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Taxi to Traverse City, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
4
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
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Paradise
— 1 night
Drive
6
Munising
— 2 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Detroit

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Saint Joseph

St. On the 20th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Beach County Park and then stroll around Whirlpool Compass Fountain.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Joseph trip itinerary maker app.

Detroit to Saint Joseph is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Detroit in July, Saint Joseph is little chillier at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Ludington

— 2 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 21st (Tue), enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then trek along Silver Lake State Park. On the next day, kick back and relax at Stearns Park, immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park, and then enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ludington online travel route planner.

Drive from Saint Joseph to Ludington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. July in Ludington sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Empire.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Empire

— 2 nights
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, stroll through Lake Michigan Beach Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Empire Bluff Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Empire trip planner.

You can drive from Ludington to Empire in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 25th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry from Empire to Mackinac Island in 5.5 hours. July in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Paradise

— 1 night
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. You've now added Tahquamenon Falls State Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paradise day trip app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 53°F in Paradise. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature · Parks · Museums

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. On the 27th (Mon), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Miner's Beach, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and then take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Munising sightseeing planner.

Getting from Paradise to Munising by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle. In July in Munising, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.