9 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

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9 days in Northwest Michigan Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Drive:  34​h 30​min
1
Glen Arbor
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Harbor Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Cadillac

2
nights
Glen Arbor

Glen Arbor ©
Glen Arbor Township is a civil township of Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): look for gifts at Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor, hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then contemplate the long history of Fishtown, and then cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

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Seattle to Glen Arbor is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Seattle to Glen Arbor, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in August, you will find days in Glen Arbor are little chillier (75°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Harbor Springs.

Things to do in Glen Arbor

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Empire, Fishtown
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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail ©
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor ©
Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor

3
nights
Harbor Springs

Harbor Springs ©
Harbor Springs is a city and resort community in Emmet County in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Harbor Springs side-trips: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Grayling), Saint Ignace (Mackinac Bridge & Castle Rock) and Mackinaw City (Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Colonial Michilimackinac, & more). The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Pond Hill Farm, take a memorable drive along Tunnel of Trees - M119, and look for all kinds of wild species at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve.

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Traveling by car from Glen Arbor to Harbor Springs takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Harbor Springs can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ludington.

Things to do in Harbor Springs

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Mackinaw City, Saint Ignace, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Colonial Michilimackinac ©
Colonial Michilimackinac
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 7th (Wed), walk around Ludington Waterfront Park, then kick back and relax at Stearns Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Ludington North Breakwater Light, visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, then look for gifts at The Jam Farm, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access.

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You can drive from Harbor Springs to Ludington in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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