55 days in Michigan Itinerary

55 days in Michigan Itinerary

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55 days in Michigan Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  28​h
New Buffalo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Muskegon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Ludington
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Traverse City
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Grayling
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Alpena
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Petoskey
— 8 nights
Travel:  3​h
Mackinac Island
— 5 nights
Travel:  3​h 45​min
Newberry
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Munising
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Marquette
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
Sydney

1
day
New Buffalo

New Buffalo
New Buffalo is a city in Berrien County in the U.S. On the 6th (Tue), kick back and relax at Weko Park.

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Sydney, Australia to New Buffalo is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to New Buffalo is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect New Buffalo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in New Buffalo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lemon Creek Winery, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, Weko Park, Grand Mere State Park
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Grand Mere State Park
Grand Mere State Park
Lemon Creek Winery ©
Lemon Creek Winery

2
days
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Millennium Park, look for gifts at The Pink Patio, and then hike along Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway. On the next day, make a trip to Mount Baldhead Park, kick back and relax at Laketown Beach, and then stop by Holland Peanut Store.

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You can drive from New Buffalo to Grand Rapids in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Muskegon.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Holland, Saugatuck, Millennium Park
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Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Mount Baldhead Park ©
Mount Baldhead Park
Holland Peanut Store
Holland Peanut Store

4
days
Muskegon

Muskegon
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. Visiting Country Dairy and Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rainbow Ranch and New Holland Brewing Co. - Production Campus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Muskegon: Holland (Laketown Beach, Felt Mansion, & more) and Saugatuck (Mount Baldhead Park & Oval Beach). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Norman F. Kruse Park, contemplate the long history of USS LST 393, and stop by Muskegon Farmer’s Market.

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Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Muskegon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Muskegon, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Muskegon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Holland, New Era, Saugatuck
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Country Dairy
Country Dairy
Rainbow Ranch
Rainbow Ranch
Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm
Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm

4
days
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Step out of the city life by going to Pere Marquette River and William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to The Fox Barn Winery and Big Rapids Riverwalk. Explore Ludington's surroundings by going to Manistee (Douglas Valley Winery & Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse) and Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery (in Kewaunee). There's still lots to do: tee off at Hemlock Golf Club and savor the flavors at The Jam Farm.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ludington vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Muskegon to Ludington takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Ludington are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Manistee, The Fox Barn Winery, Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery, Big Rapids Riverwalk, William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail
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Hemlock Golf Club ©
Hemlock Golf Club
The Fox Barn Winery
The Fox Barn Winery
Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery
Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery

7
days
Traverse City

Traverse City
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.
Get in touch with nature at Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail and Light of Day Organics. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pyramid Point Trail and L Mawby Vineyards. Change things up with these side-trips from Traverse City: Blustone Vineyards (in Lake Leelanau), Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery (in Suttons Bay) and Leelanau State Park (in Northport). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Lake Michigan Beach Park, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Northern Latitudes Distillery, do a tasting at Peninsula Cellars, and hike along Betsie Valley Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Traverse City vacation trip planner.

Getting from Ludington to Traverse City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grayling.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Lake Leelanau, Frankfort, Empire, Suttons Bay, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
Leelanau Cellars Taste Room ©
Leelanau Cellars Taste Room
L Mawby Vineyards ©
L Mawby Vineyards

3
days
Grayling

Grayling
Grayling is a city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Mason Tract Pathway and The Quest Golf Club. Venture out of the city with trips to Gaylord (Call of the Wild Museum & Gaylord Golf Mecca) and Garland Lodge and Resort (in Lewiston). There's more to do: head outdoors with Sledheads of Frederic and examine the collection at Grayling Fish Hatchery.

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Traveling by car from Traverse City to Grayling takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Grayling can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Alpena.

Things to do in Grayling

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trips

Gaylord, Sledheads of Frederic, The Quest Golf Club, Garland Lodge and Resort
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The Quest Golf Club
The Quest Golf Club
Sledheads of Frederic ©
Sledheads of Frederic
Garland Lodge and Resort
Garland Lodge and Resort

4
days
Alpena

Alpena ©
Alpena is a city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Tawas Point State Park and Starlite Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Lumberman's Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alpena: Rogers City (Knaebe's Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm & Cider Mill & P.H. Hoeft State Park) and Lakewood Shores Resort - Serradella Golf Course (in Oscoda). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Island Park & Wildlife Sanctuary and brush up on your military savvy at Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.

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You can drive from Grayling to Alpena in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Alpena are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Alpena

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Rogers City, Tawas Point State Park, Lumberman's Monument
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P.H. Hoeft State Park ©
P.H. Hoeft State Park
Tawas Point State Park ©
Tawas Point State Park

7
days
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wilderness State Park and Fisherman's Island State Park. Step out of the city life by going to Boyne Highlands and Bear River Valley Recreation Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Mackinaw City (Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, Mackinaw Crossings, & more), Aloha State Park (in Cheboygan) and Burt Lake State Park (in Indian River). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Young State Park, tee off at Bay Harbor Golf Club, look for all kinds of wild species at The Oden State Fish Hatchery, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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You can drive from Alpena to Petoskey in 2.5 hours. In July in Petoskey, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mackinaw City, Harbor Springs, Burt Lake State Park, The Oden State Fish Hatchery, Fisherman's Island State Park
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Young State Park ©
Young State Park
Boyne Highlands
Boyne Highlands
Wilderness State Park
Wilderness State Park

5
days
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Fort Holmes. Take a break from the city and head to Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and Mackinac Island State Park. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, don't miss a visit to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and steep yourself in history at Biddle House.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Petoskey to Mackinac Island. In July, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Newberry.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Arch Rock
Arch Rock
Horseback Riding Tours
Jewel Golf Course ©
Jewel Golf Course

4
days
Newberry

Newberry ©
Newberry is a village in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Seney National Wildlife Refuge and Bay Mills Resort & Casinos. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newberry: Sault Ste. Marie (Tower of History & Kewadin Casinos – Sault Ste. Marie), Grand Marais (Pickle Barrel House Museum & Sable Falls) and Wild Bluff Golf Course (in Brimley). The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Crisp Point Lighthouse and admire the majestic nature at Muskallonge Lake State Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Newberry trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mackinac Island to Newberry. In July, daytime highs in Newberry are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Newberry

Parks Casinos Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Marais, Sault Ste. Marie, Brimley, Seney National Wildlife Refuge
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Seney National Wildlife Refuge ©
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Sable Falls ©
Sable Falls
Muskallonge Lake State Park ©
Muskallonge Lake State Park

6
days
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tannery Falls and Sand Point Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Palms Book State Park and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Island Resort & Casino (in Harris), Escanaba (Sand Point Lighthouse, Delta County Historical Museum, & more) and Indian Lake (in Manistique). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls, and explore the fascinating underground world of Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge.

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Getting from Newberry to Munising by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Escanaba, Manistique, Island Resort & Casino, Chapel Falls, Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge
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Alger Falls ©
Alger Falls
Palms Book State Park ©
Palms Book State Park
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

3
days
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Iron Ore Heritage Trail and Sugarloaf Mountain. Explore hidden gems such as Ore Dock Brewing Company and Blackrocks Brewery. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Upper Peninsula, examine the collection at Marquette Regional History Center, play a few rounds at Marquette Golf Club, and have fun and explore at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum.

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Drive from Munising to Marquette in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Michigan Iron Industry Museum, Da Yoopers Innovation Museum, Upper Peninsula
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Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Ore Dock Brewing Company ©
Ore Dock Brewing Company
Marquette Golf Club ©
Marquette Golf Club

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