54 days in Michigan Itinerary

54 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan planner

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Ann Arbor
— 6 nights
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Saint Joseph
— 5 nights
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Ludington
— 4 nights
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Empire
— 4 nights
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Traverse City
— 6 nights
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Petoskey
— 5 nights
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Ontonagon
— 6 nights
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Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 4 nights
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Mackinaw City
— 5 nights
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Marquette
— 6 nights
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Ann Arbor

— 6 nights
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County. Venture out of the city with trips to The Norma Stark Memory Garden and Labyrinth (in Perrysburg), Toledo (The HandleBar Toledo, Toledo Zoo, &more) and Dearborn (The Henry Ford & Greenfield Village). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, take a stroll through Kerrytown, walk around Heck Park, and see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ann Arbor route planner.

Atlanta to Ann Arbor is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Atlanta in May, things will get little chillier in Ann Arbor: highs are around 71°F and lows about 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 7:

Saint Joseph

— 5 nights
St. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Joseph: New Buffalo (Evolve Spa & Four Winds Casino), Butler Winery (in Chesterton) and Michigan City (Washington Park Zoo, Shady Creek Winery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Beach County Park, admire the majestic nature at Warren Dunes State Park, learn about winemaking at Lemon Creek Winery, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

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You can drive from Ann Arbor to Saint Joseph in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Saint Joseph sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 12:

Ludington

— 4 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Explore Ludington's surroundings by going to Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart), Holland (Holland Museum, Windmill Island Gardens, &more) and The Monet Garden of Muskegon (in Muskegon). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, kick back and relax at Stearns Park, immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park, and examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ludington online journey planner.

Getting from Saint Joseph to Ludington by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. May in Ludington sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Empire.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 16:

Empire

— 4 nights
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Change things up with these side-trips from Empire: Iron Fish Distillery (in Thompsonville), The Frankfort Light (in Frankfort) and Chateau Fontaine (in Leland). Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, look for gifts at The Cottage Book Shop, hike along Empire Bluff Trail, and learn about winemaking at St. Ambrose Cellars.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Empire itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ludington to Empire takes 2 hours. In May in Empire, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 20:

Traverse City

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Suttons Bay (Longview Winery & Tandem Cider) and Leelanau Wine Cellars (in Omena). There's lots more to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, steep yourself in history at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, learn about winemaking at Suttons Bay Ciders, and explore the activities along Grand Traverse Bay.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Traverse City using our trip planner.

You can drive from Empire to Traverse City in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries · Tours · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 26:

Petoskey

— 5 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. Take a break from Petoskey with a short trip to Cross In The Woods National Shrine in Indian River, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Traverse Wheelway, try to win big at Odawa Casino, kick back and relax at Depot Beach, and learn about winemaking at Mackinaw Trail Winery & Brewery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Petoskey trip planner.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Petoskey takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Traverse City in May, you will find days in Petoskey are a bit cooler (62°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Wineries · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 31:

Ontonagon

— 6 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ontonagon: Copper Peak (in Ironwood), The Jampot (in Eagle Harbor) and Iron County Hisstorical Society Museum (in Hurley). Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Keweenaw National Historical Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ontonagon tour planner.

Traveling by car from Petoskey to Ontonagon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Ontonagon can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 6:

Paradise

— 2 nights
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, and then see the sky in a new way at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Point Iroquois Lighthouse, then immerse yourself in nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and then explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paradise online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Paradise takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:

Mackinac Island

— 4 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island journey maker app.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 12:

Mackinaw City

— 5 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. Change things up with these side-trips from Mackinaw City: Three Pines Studio (in Cross Village), Cheboygan State Park (in Cheboygan) and Awakon Park (in Onaway). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, stroll around Conkling Heritage Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cheboygan Brewing Company, and kick back and relax at Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mackinaw City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City takes an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 17:

Marquette

— 6 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Change things up with these side-trips from Marquette: Munising (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Sand Point Beach, &more) and Sable Falls (in Grand Marais). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, see the interesting displays at Marquette Regional History Center, wander the streets of Downtown Marquette, and take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Marquette road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mackinaw City to Marquette takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Marquette, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 23:

Michigan travel guide

4.7
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.

Upper Peninsula travel guide

4.7
Waterfalls · Geologic Formations · State Parks
Natural attractions steal the show on an Upper Peninsula vacation. Michigan's sparsely populated northern region is famous for its extensive shoreline along the Great Lakes and thick swathes of protected forest. Many of the region's waterways feature dramatic cascades, and a history of volcanic activity has created a wealth of interesting rock formations and colorful mineral deposits. Wildlife spotting remains a top reason to take a trip to Upper Peninsula, with deer, bears, wolves, and porcupines all easily seen in the area's pristine wilderness.