8 days in Mackinac Island & Empire Itinerary

8 days in Mackinac Island & Empire Itinerary

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8 days in Mackinac Island & Empire Itinerary

Start: Newark
+3
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Ferry:  8 h
1
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry + Bus:  4 h 45 min
2
Empire
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h
End: Newark

3
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, wildlife, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, make a trip to Fort Holmes, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island online vacation builder .

Newark to Mackinac Island is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Newark in August, things will get slightly colder in Mackinac Island: highs are around 72°F and lows about 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Empire.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

4
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kids will enjoy Lake Michigan Beach Park and Elberta Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts in Frankfort (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, trek along Platte Plains Trail, stroll through Pyramid Point Trail, and cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Empire holiday planning site .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Empire in 5 hours. August in Empire sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Empire

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Frankfort, Elberta Beach
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 17:
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Dunes Trail ©
Dunes Trail

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