9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner

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Fly to Chippewa County International Airport, Drive to Charlevoix
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Charlevoix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sault Ste. Marie
— 1 night
Drive
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Marquette
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kalamazoo
— 1 night
Fly

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Charlevoix

— 2 nights
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. Take a break from Charlevoix with a short trip to Petoskey State Park in Petoskey, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Little Traverse Wheelway, whizz through the canopy at Wildwood Rush Zip Line Canopy Tour, try your luck at Odawa Casino, and make a trip to Charlevoix Circle of Arts.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Charlevoix online trip planner.

Nashville to Charlevoix is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In September, Charlevoix is little chillier than Nashville - with highs of 70°F and lows of 54°F. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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 16th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Left Foot Charley Winery. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Traverse City journey planner.

Drive from Charlevoix to Traverse City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sault Ste. Marie

— 1 night
Sault Ste. For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sault Ste. Marie trip website.

Drive from Traverse City to Sault Ste. Marie in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. In September in Sault Ste. Marie, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 51°F at night. On the 19th (Sat), you'll travel to Marquette.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Marquette

— 2 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. On the 19th (Sat), sample the tasty concoctions at Blackrocks Brewery and then take a stroll through Downtown Marquette. Keep things going the next day: walk around Lakenenland Sculpture Park, relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, and finally identify plant and animal life at Presque Isle Park.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Marquette planner.

Getting from Sault Ste. Marie to Marquette by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. September in Marquette sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kalamazoo.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Kalamazoo

— 1 night
Kalamazoo is a city in the southwest region of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): see the sky in a new way at Kalamazoo Valley Museum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bell's Comstock Brewery, then examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Escapology. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Kalamazoo Farmers Market and then examine the collection at Air Zoo.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kalamazoo day trip site.

Explore your travel options from Marquette to Kalamazoo with the Route module. Traveling from Marquette in September, things will get a bit warmer in Kalamazoo: highs are around 77°F and lows about 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kalamazoo

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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.