9 days in Traverse City & Mackinac Island Itinerary

9 days in Traverse City & Mackinac Island Itinerary

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9 days in Traverse City & Mackinac Island Itinerary

Start: Traverse City
1
Traverse City
— 5 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
End: Traverse City

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: Good Harbor Vineyards (in Lake Leelanau), Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore & Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive) and Ludington State Park (in Ludington). There's still lots to do: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, wander the streets of Front Street, stroll around Cave Point County Park, and snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip planner .

July in Traverse City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Empire, Saint Ignace, Good Harbor Vineyards, Little Traverse Wheelway, Colonial Michilimackinac
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Beer Tastings & Tours
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge

3
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Biddle House, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Caddywampus, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island vacation maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in July, you will find days in Mackinac Island are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

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