10 days in Chesterton, Michigan & Wisconsin Dells Itinerary

10 days in Chesterton, Michigan & Wisconsin Dells Itinerary

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Chesterton
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Mears
— 1 night
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Traverse City
— 1 day
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Harbor Springs
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Mackinac Island
— 1 day
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
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Chesterton

— 1 night
Chesterton is a town in Westchester, Jackson and Liberty townships of Porter County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. Your day by day itinerary now includes Indiana Dunes National Park as well as Indiana Dunes State Park. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Indiana Dunes National Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Indiana Dunes State Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Chesterton day trip app.

Des Moines to Chesterton is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Des Moines in July, plan for little chillier nights in Chesterton, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Mears.

Things to do in Chesterton

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Mears

— 1 night
Golden Township is a civil township of Oceana County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Mac Wood's Dune Rides as well as Silver Lake State Park. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): see the top attractions with Mac Wood's Dune Rides, then kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then immerse yourself in nature at Silver Lake State Park.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mears itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chesterton to Mears in 3 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chesterton to Mears due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chesterton in August, you will find days in Mears are a bit cooler (76°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mears

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Traverse City

— 1 day

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Traverse City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mears to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. In August in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Harbor Springs.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Harbor Springs

— 2 nights
Harbor Springs is a city and resort community in Emmet County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 3rd (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Pond Hill Farm and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Harbor Springs trip planning site.

Getting from Traverse City to Harbor Springs by car takes about 2 hours. August in Harbor Springs sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Harbor Springs

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 1 day
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 4th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Fort Mackinac and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Harbor Springs to Mackinac Island. In August, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 5th (Thu), explore the activities along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Munising road trip planning app.

Do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Wisconsin Dells

— 3 nights

Waterpark Capital of the World

Named after a nearby scenic gorge famous for its steep sandstone formations, Wisconsin Dells features more than 20 water parks, making it one of the most popular vacation areas in this region.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Noah's Ark Water Park and Original Wisconsin Ducks. There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, make a trip to Carr Valley Cheese, get to know the resident critters at Wisconsin Deer Park, and look for gifts at Dells Mining Co..

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Wisconsin Dells travel route site.

You can drive from Munising to Wisconsin Dells in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Munising to Wisconsin Dells is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Wisconsin Dells can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Adventure

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.