12 days in Kentucky, Indianapolis & Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Kentucky, Indianapolis & Michigan Itinerary

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Lexington
— 1 day
Drive
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Louisville
— 1 night
Drive
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Indianapolis
— 2 nights
Fly
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Empire
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Orlando

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Lexington

— 1 day

Horse Capital of the World

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate, explore the galleries of Mary Todd Lincoln House, then sample the tasty concoctions at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., and finally surround yourself with nature on Unique Horse Farm Tours.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lexington online holiday planner.

Orlando to Lexington is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September, Lexington is a bit cooler than Orlando - with highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cave Hill Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and then walk around Falls of the Ohio State Park.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Louisville travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lexington to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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Indianapolis

— 2 nights

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Conner Prairie, then grab your bike and head to Monon Trail, and then look for gifts at Rocket Fizz. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, then examine the collection at The Eiteljorg Museum, then see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Crown Hill Cemetery.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Indianapolis trip planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Indianapolis in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Empire.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

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Empire

— 2 nights
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, then take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then hike along Empire Bluff Trail.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Empire trip planning site.

You can fly from Indianapolis to Empire in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Indianapolis in September, expect Empire to be a bit cooler, temps between 71°F and 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

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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 9th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk, then explore the activities along Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Munising trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Empire to Munising takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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Mackinaw City

— 2 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 11th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cross In The Woods National Shrine, then immerse yourself in nature at Petoskey State Park, and then stroll through Little Traverse Wheelway. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, get engrossed in the history at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, and finally examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc..

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinaw City itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Munising to Mackinaw City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Mackinaw City, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

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Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally contemplate the long history of Biddle House.

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Getting from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island by ferry takes about an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

Michigan travel guide

4.7
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.