9 days in Northeast Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Northeast Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northeast Michigan journey planner

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East Tawas
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Alpena
— 2 nights
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Mackinaw City
— 4 nights
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Grayling
— 1 night
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East Tawas

— 1 night
East Tawas is a city in Iosco County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Tawas Point Lighthouse and then immerse yourself in nature at Tawas Point State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Lumberman's Monument Park, then pause for some photo ops at Lumberman's Monument, and then head outdoors with Iargo Springs.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our East Tawas trip builder app.

Detroit to East Tawas is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Traveling from Detroit in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in East Tawas, with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Alpena.

Things to do in East Tawas

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Alpena

— 2 nights
Alpena is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Alpena County. On the 13th (Mon), see the sky in a new way at Besser Museum and then enjoy the sea views from New Presque Isle Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and then stroll through Island Park & Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Alpena online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from East Tawas to Alpena takes 1.5 hours. In September in Alpena, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Alpena

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Mackinaw City

— 4 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. Step out of Mackinaw City to go to Indian River and see Cross In The Woods National Shrine, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Headlands International Dark Sky Park. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, look for gifts at JoAnn's Fudge, examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., and visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site.

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

Traveling by car from Alpena to Mackinaw City takes 2 hours. When traveling from Alpena in September, plan for slightly colder days in Mackinaw City, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Grayling.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Grayling

— 1 night
Grayling is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Crawford County. On the 19th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Hartwick Pines State Park, then make a trip to Wellington Farm, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Grayling online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Mackinaw City to Grayling takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Mackinaw City in September since evenings lows in Grayling dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Grayling

Adventure · Nature · Parks · Tours