8 days in Michigan & Los Angeles Itinerary

8 days in Michigan & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Mackinaw City
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. On the 2nd (Sun), examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and finally contemplate the long history of McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Mackinaw City trip planner.

Detroit to Mackinaw City is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit in August, expect Mackinaw City to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Museums · Historic Sites

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Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc. ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Museum of Ojibwa Culture ©
Museum of Ojibwa Culture

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Traverse City

Traverse City ©

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.
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Beer Tastings & Tours and Black Star Farms. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Front Street, sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and do a tasting at Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Traverse City road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Mackinaw City to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mackinaw City in August, expect nights in Traverse City to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Traverse City

Side Trip

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The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery ©
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery
Black Star Farms ©
Black Star Farms

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 7th (Fri), brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, then kick back and relax at Manhattan Beach, and then admire the masterpieces at The Broad. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then get engrossed in the history at Skirball Cultural Center, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip website.

You can fly from Traverse City to Los Angeles in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Traverse City to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Traverse City in August, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Norton Simon Museum ©
Norton Simon Museum

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