7 days in Mackinac Island, Traverse City & Saugatuck Itinerary

7 days in Mackinac Island, Traverse City & Saugatuck Itinerary

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7 days in Mackinac Island, Traverse City & Saugatuck Itinerary

Start: Detroit
drive:  10 h
1
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Saugatuck
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
End: Detroit

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip tool .

Detroit to Mackinac Island is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Detroit in October: high temperatures in Mackinac Island hover around 55°F and lows are around 43°F. You will leave for Traverse City on the 7th (Mon).

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church

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Traverse City

Traverse City ©
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 8th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, then make a trip to Mission Point Lighthouse, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Front Street.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Traverse City trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 4.5 hours. In October in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saugatuck.

Things to do in Traverse City

Scenic Drive Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
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Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

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Saugatuck

Saugatuck ©
Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. Explore Saugatuck's surroundings by going to Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and South Bend (Basilica of the Sacred Heart & University of Notre Dame). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Oval Beach, stroll around Coghlin Park, make a trip to Windmill Island Gardens, and take in the exciting artwork at Amazwi Contemporary Art.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Saugatuck trip maker .

You can drive from Traverse City to Saugatuck in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Saugatuck can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Saugatuck

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

South Bend, Gilmore Car Museum, Windmill Island Gardens
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Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
University of Notre Dame ©
University of Notre Dame

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