22 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

22 days in Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Great Lakes USA vacation planner

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Duluth
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wisconsin Dells
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fish Creek
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
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Duluth

— 2 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center and S.S. William A. Irvin Ore Boat Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lakewalk and Split Rock Lighthouse. Go for a jaunt from Duluth to Two Harbors to see Gooseberry Falls State Park about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Park Point, take a memorable drive along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, stroll through Canal Park, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Duluth trip itinerary maker.

New York City to Duluth is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Duluth. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in July: high temperatures in Duluth hover around 75°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Wisconsin Dells.

Things to do in Duluth

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wisconsin Dells

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at National Mustard Museum, then do a tasting at Wollersheim Winery & Distillery, and then admire the majestic nature at Devil's Lake State Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Wisconsin Dells, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Duluth to Wisconsin Dells in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Wisconsin Dells can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fish Creek.

Things to do in Wisconsin Dells

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Fish Creek

— 3 nights
Fish Creek is an unincorporated community located in Door County, Wisconsin, United States, within the town of Gibraltar and is located on Highway 42 along Green Bay.HistoryThe first settler of Fish Creek was Increase Claflin and his family circa 1844, but the village founder is considered to be entrepreneur Asa Thorp. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cana Island Lighthouse and Schoolhouse Beach. You'll explore and learn at Edgewood Orchard Galleries and Jacobsen Museum. The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, see the interesting displays at Ephraim Historical Foundation, learn about winemaking at Lautenbach's Orchard Country, and take in the exciting artwork at Off The Wheel Pottery.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Fish Creek travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Wisconsin Dells to Fish Creek in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In August, daily temperatures in Fish Creek can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Fish Creek

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Munising

— 3 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) and Miners Falls. Get outdoors at Sugarloaf Mountain and Miners Castle Rock. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munising: Palms Book State Park (in Manistique) and Marquette (Lakenenland Sculpture Park & Presque Isle Park). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Munising road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Fish Creek to Munising takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In August in Munising, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

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 8th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Iroquois Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then see the sky in a new way at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory.

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Traveling by car from Munising to Paradise takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car. In August, daily temperatures in Paradise can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. On the next day, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mackinac Island online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Paradise in August since evenings lows in Mackinac Island dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Mackinaw City

— 2 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., explore the galleries of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then stroll through Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park, and finally steep yourself in history at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, then take in nature's colorful creations at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, and finally see the interesting displays at Great Lake Light House Keepers.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mackinaw City trip itinerary builder tool.

You can ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City in an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Ludington

— 2 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park, enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, then stroll through Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ludington road trip planner.

Drive from Mackinaw City to Ludington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishtown and Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery. Popular historic sites such as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Mission Point Lighthouse are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and wander the streets of Front Street.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Traverse City trip simple and quick.

Drive from Ludington to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Traverse City sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips