7 days in Mackinac Island, Traverse City & Saugatuck Itinerary

7 days in Mackinac Island, Traverse City & Saugatuck Itinerary

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saugatuck
— 1 night
Drive

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Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 13th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then see the interesting displays at Liberty Lego Display, and finally see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

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Chicago to Mackinac Island is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Chicago to Mackinac Island, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chicago in June, with highs in Mackinac Island at 67°F and lows at 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors
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Traverse City

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire Bluff Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, stop by The Cheese Lady, don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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Getting from Mackinac Island to Traverse City by combination of ferry and bus takes about 5 hours. When traveling from Mackinac Island in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Traverse City, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saugatuck.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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Saugatuck

— 1 night
Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): kick back and relax at Oval Beach, walk around Coghlin Park, then enjoy the sea views from South Haven Lighthouses, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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You can drive from Traverse City to Saugatuck in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Saugatuck are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Saugatuck

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

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