5 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Traverse City
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Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to New York City


Muskegon — 1 night

Muskegon is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, and is the largest populated city on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access and then stroll around Pere Marquette Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Muskegon trip itinerary site.

New York City to Muskegon is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in June, Muskegon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 57°F. On the 1st (Sat), you're off to Traverse City.
Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Traverse City — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City travel planner.

You can drive from Muskegon to Traverse City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Petoskey.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip
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Petoskey — 1 night

Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Petoskey sightseeing tool.

Drive from Traverse City to Petoskey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Traverse City in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Petoskey: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 57°F at night. You'll set off for Mackinac Island on the 3rd (Mon).
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Shopping
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Mackinac Island — 1 night

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Petoskey to Mackinac Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours
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Michigan travel guide

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.