58 days in Michigan Itinerary

58 days in Michigan Itinerary

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58 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  5​h
1
Detroit
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Saint Joseph
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Holland
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ludington
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Copper Harbor
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Ontonagon
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Munising
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Mackinaw City
— 6 nights
ferry:  30​min
9
Mackinac Island
— 5 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 45​min
10
Empire
— 5 nights
Fly + foot:  4​h 45​min
End: New York City

6
nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Take a break from the city and head to Island Lake State Recreation Area and Detroit Zoo. Motown Museum and Detroit Cultural Center Historic District will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Detroit: Kellogg Park (in Plymouth), Decode Ann Arbor (in Ann Arbor) and Maybury State Park (in Northville). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, step off the mainland to explore Belle Isle Park, and contemplate the long history of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Detroit day trip planning site .

New York City to Detroit is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Detroit can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Detroit

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dearborn, Island Lake State Recreation Area, Great Blue Heron Rookery, Elizabeth Park, Milan Dragway
Find places to stay May 4 — 10:
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

6
nights
Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph ©
St. Get some cultural insight at South Haven Lighthouses and St. Joseph Lighthouses. You'll get in some beach time at Silver Beach County Park and New Buffalo Public Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Saint Joseph side-trips: Four Winds Casino (in New Buffalo), South Haven (Michigan Maritime Museum, North Beach, & more) and Stokes Homestead Farm Market (in Grand Junction). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Silver Beach Carousel, make a trip to Whirlpool Compass Fountain, do a tasting at Hickory Creek Winery, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Saint Joseph travel website .

Traveling by car from Detroit to Saint Joseph takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Holland.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

South Haven, New Buffalo, Benton Harbor, Weko Park, Shuler Dairy Farms
Find places to stay May 10 — 16:
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Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
South Haven Lighthouses ©
South Haven Lighthouses
Fishing Charters & Tours

6
nights
Holland

Holland ©
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. You'll get in some beach time at Holland State Park Beach and Oval Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gilmore Car Museum and Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Holland: Pere Marquette Park (in Muskegon), US 131 Motorsports Park (in Martin) and Grand Haven (Grand Haven State Park & Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier). The adventure continues: ski along the peaceful trails at Saugatuck Dunes State Park, pick up some local products at Holland Farmers Market, relax in the rural setting at Critter Barn, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ninth Street Christian Reformed Church.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Holland trip maker tool .

Getting from Saint Joseph to Holland by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Holland sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Holland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Grand Haven, Saugatuck, Zeeland, US 131 Motorsports Park, Pere Marquette Park
Find places to stay May 16 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum

5
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Mission Lighthouse and Front Street. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and Father Jacques Marquette Shrine. Explore Ludington's surroundings by going to Manistee (Fifth Avenue Beach & S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia), Traverse City (Clinch Park, Beer Tastings & Tours, & more) and Silver Lake State Park (in Hart). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Stearns Park, admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, and look for gifts at The Jam Farm.

Start your trip to Ludington by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Holland to Ludington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Holland in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ludington, with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Traverse City, Manistee, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access
Find places to stay May 22 — 27:
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Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

5
nights
Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Brockway Mountain Drive and Keweenaw Peninsula. Get some cultural insight at Mineral Museum of Michigan and Fort Wilkins State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Copper Harbor: Hungarian Falls (in Hubbell), Calumet (Italian Hall Site, Copper World, & more) and Hancock (Quincy Mine, McLain State Park, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, admire the sheer force of Haven Waterfalls and Park, cruise along High Rock Bay, and take in the dramatic natural features at Horseshoe Harbor.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Copper Harbor trip maker app .

You can drive from Ludington to Copper Harbor in 9 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ludington in May: highs in Copper Harbor hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hancock, Calumet, Michigan, Eagle Harbor, Mineral Museum of Michigan
Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 2:
Highlights from your plan
Mineral Museum of Michigan ©
Mineral Museum of Michigan
Quincy Mine ©
Quincy Mine
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums ©

5
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Hanka Homestead Museum and Main Overlook will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Bond Falls and Porcupine Mountains State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Ontonagon: Lake Gogebic State Park (in Marenisco) and Lower Silver Falls (in Baraga). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake of the Clouds, hike along Little Carp River Trail, explore and take pictures at Adventure Mining Company, and identify plant and animal life at Ontonagon Township Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ontonagon, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Copper Harbor to Ontonagon in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Ontonagon can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Adventure Mining Company, Lower Silver Falls, Hanka Homestead Museum, Lake Gogebic State Park
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds

7
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Miners Castle Rock. We've included these beaches for you: Sand Point Beach and 12-Mile Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munising: Seney National Wildlife Refuge (in Seney), Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden) and Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, Head underground at Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, get engrossed in the history at Alger County Heritage Center, and look for all kinds of wild species at Chapel Rock and Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Munising route planner.

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Munising takes 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Munising are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Manistique, Fayette Historic State Park, Autrain Falls, 12-Mile Beach, Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park

6
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. We've included these beaches for you: Cheboygan State Park and Depot Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and Museum of Ojibwa Culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mackinaw City: Indian River (Cross In The Woods National Shrine & Arts & Adventure at BrassWind Landing), Paradise (Tahquamenon Falls & Tahquamenon Falls State Park) and Petoskey (North Western State Trail, Little Traverse Wheelway, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Michigan Beach Park, go for a stroll along the water at Mackinaw City Marina, and stroll through Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mackinaw City trip planner .

You can drive from Munising to Mackinaw City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Mackinaw City can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Petoskey, Saint Ignace, Cheboygan, Charlevoix, Paradise
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

5
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort Mackinac and Trinity Church. Get in touch with nature at Mackinac Island State Park and Arch Rock. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, tee off at Wawashkamo Golf Club, trot along with a tour on horseback, and steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island day trip planning website .

Mackinac Island is just a short distance from Mackinaw City. June in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors Parks Golf
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 25:
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

5
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Get some historical perspective at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Fishtown. Take a break from the city and head to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and Platte Plains Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve (in Arcadia) and Frankfort Beach (in Frankfort). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Empire Bluff Trail, kick back and relax at Platte Point Beach, trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, and do a tasting at St. Ambrose Cellars.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Empire trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi from Mackinac Island to Empire in 5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Empire can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Frankfort, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, Fishtown, Platte Point Beach, Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Betsie Valley Trail ©
Betsie Valley Trail

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