49 days in Michigan Itinerary

49 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Muskegon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ludington
— 3 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 9 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Saint Ignace
— 4 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marquette
— 5 nights
Drive
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Copper Harbor
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 7 nights
Drive to Duluth International Airport, Fly to Los Angeles

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Muskegon

— 5 nights
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, and is the largest populated city on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pere Marquette Park and Hoffmaster State Park. Explore Muskegon's surroundings by going to Boat Tours & Water Sports (in South Haven), New Era (Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables & Country Dairy) and Saugatuck (Mount Baldhead Park & Butler Street). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at USS LST 393, pause for some photo ops at Downtown Muskegon Public Art, admire the natural beauty at The Monet Garden of Muskegon, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rosy Mound Natural Area.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Muskegon tour itinerary planner.

Los Angeles to Muskegon is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Muskegon when traveling from Los Angeles in June, with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Muskegon

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 20:

Ludington

— 3 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Little Sable Point Lighthouse and Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access. Get out of town with these interesting Ludington side-trips: Mears (Silver Lake State Park & Off-Road Tours). There's much more to do: stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Father Jacques Marquette Shrine, visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and admire the majestic nature at Charles Mears State Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Ludington road trip planning website.

Getting from Muskegon to Ludington by car takes about an hour. In June, daytime highs in Ludington are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 20 — 23:

Traverse City

— 9 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Charlevoix (Fisherman's Island State Park, Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, &more), St. Ambrose Cellars (in Beulah) and Hartwick Pines State Park (in Grayling). There's lots more to do: stroll through Clinch Park, explore the galleries of Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, hike along Empire Bluff Trail, and examine the collection at Music House Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Traverse City trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ludington to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — Jul 2:

Mackinac Island

— 5 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Step off the beaten path and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, stop by Island House Bike Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Traverse City to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 5 hours. While traveling from Traverse City, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 7:

Saint Ignace

— 4 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bridge View Park and Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Ignace: Petoskey (Little Traverse Wheelway, Historic Gaslight District, &more) and Paradise (Whitefish Point Light & Tahquamenon Falls). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock, admire the majestic nature at Straits State Park, and stop by Museum of Ojibwa Culture.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Ignace travel route planner.

You can ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:

Munising

— 5 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wagner Falls and Palms Book State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munising: Manistique (The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)), Seney National Wildlife Refuge (in Seney) and Grand Marais (Sable Falls, Log Slide Overlook, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Chapel Rock and Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach, and immerse yourself in nature at Fayette Historic State Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Munising visit planner.

You can drive from Saint Ignace to Munising in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:

Marquette

— 5 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Downtown Marquette and Jilbert Dairy. Explore Marquette's surroundings by going to Iron Mountain (Chapin Mine Pit, Menominee Range Historical Museum, &more) and Iron Mountain Iron Mine (in Vulcan). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, see the interesting displays at Marquette Maritime Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Blackrocks Brewery, and explore the activities along Dead River Falls.

Plan a Marquette trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Munising to Marquette takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 21:

Copper Harbor

— 5 nights
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fort Wilkins State Park and Keweenaw National Historical Park. Explore Copper Harbor's surroundings by going to The Jampot (in Eagle Harbor) and Italian Hall Site (in Calumet). There's much more to do: stroll around Hunter's Point Park, enjoy the sea views from Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and Museums, tour the pleasant surroundings at Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary, and take in the dramatic scenery at Manganese Falls.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Copper Harbor sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Marquette to Copper Harbor in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Copper Harbor are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 26:

Ontonagon

— 7 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Bond Falls and Summit Peak. Get out of town with these interesting Ontonagon side-trips: Ironwood (Ironwood Memorial Building & Copper Peak), Paulding Light (in Paulding) and Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton).

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ontonagon trip builder website.

You can drive from Copper Harbor to Ontonagon in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — Aug 2:

Michigan travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
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.