8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner

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Fly
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Detroit
— 1 day
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
3
Saint Ignace
— 1 night
Drive
4
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Traverse City
— 2 nights
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Detroit

— 1 day

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
On the 2nd (Sat), see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then explore the galleries of Motown Museum.

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New York City to Detroit is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 65°F in Detroit. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Detroit

Side Trip

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Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park and then stroll through The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island online road trip planner.

Getting from Detroit to Mackinac Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Detroit in July, with highs in Mackinac Island at 73°F and lows at 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife
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Saint Ignace

— 1 night
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 5th (Tue), take in the waterfront at Huron Boardwalk, then take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock, and then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Ignace itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Saint Ignace can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Munising.
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Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Point Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Munising travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Ignace to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Traverse City

— 2 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.
On the 8th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, then get a taste of the local shopping with Light of Day Organics, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Mission Point Lighthouse, then get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and then hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Traverse City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munising to Traverse City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Munising, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Traverse City, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

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Michigan travel guide

4.7
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.