6 days in Michigan Itinerary

6 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Houghton Lake
— 1 night
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Ludington
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Manistee
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Frankfort
— 2 nights
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
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Houghton Lake — 1 night

Houghton Lake is an unincorporated community in Roscommon Township, Roscommon County in the U.S. state of Michigan. To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Houghton Lake sightseeing site.

Fenton to Houghton Lake is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Fenton in October: highs in Houghton Lake hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 39°F. On the 6th (Wed), you're off to Ludington.
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Ludington

Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Your day by day itinerary now includes The Jam Farm. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness and then look for gifts at The Jam Farm.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ludington trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Houghton Lake to Ludington in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manistee.
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Manistee

Manistee is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Douglas Valley Winery, First Street Beach and Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, stroll through Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at First Street Beach, then learn about winemaking at Douglas Valley Winery, and finally take an in-depth tour of S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Manistee trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ludington to Manistee takes an hour. In October, daytime highs in Manistee are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Frankfort.
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Frankfort — 2 nights

Frankfort is a city in Benzie County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Betsie Valley Trail as well as Crystal Lake Alpacas. On the 7th (Thu), stroll through Elberta Beach, then look for gifts at Crystal Lake Alpacas, then trek along Betsie Valley Trail, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Platte Point Beach. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Frankfort Light and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Frankfort trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Manistee to Frankfort in an hour. October in Frankfort sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Traverse City.
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Traverse City — 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fishtown, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and Suttons Bay Ciders. On the 9th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Fishtown and then learn about winemaking at Suttons Bay Ciders. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Traverse City route builder.

Traveling by car from Frankfort to Traverse City takes an hour. In October in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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Michigan travel guide

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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.
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