We are spending 9 full days in Michigan Aug 26 - Sept 5, and are so excited about the trip! We had initially contemplated going to the east coast for our beach trip, but we've heard so many wonderful things about MI...and it's right in our backyard. Actually, we're from Ohio, so I suppose it would be our neighbor's backyard. ;-)
The cast of characters are me, my husband, our 2 year old daughter, and my parents. Base camp for first half will be Grand Haven, followed by Traverse City. I've spent quite some time scouring the MI forum, and came up with the following itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive in GH the evening prior. Day-trip to St Josephs. Silver Beach; carousel; musical fountain; tot park; downtown art. Dinner at Silver Beach Pizza.
Day 2 Day-trip to Saugatuck. Oval Beach; Star of Saugatuck Boat Cruise; Mt Baldhead; Dinner at Phil's.
Day 3 GH. Beach, musical fountain.
Day 4 St Josephs again, or South Haven. Or GH.
Day 5 Day-trip to Ludington. Stearns Park Beach. Big Sable Lighthouse. Hit Silver Lake on the way - Little Sable Lighthouse. Ride dune buggy. Drive to Traverse City.
Day 6 Day-trip to Mackinac Island. Rent bikes. Eat fudge.
Day 7 Sleeping Bear Dunes, Empire beach. (empire bluffs and pyramid point hikes). Pierce Stocking Drive.
Day 8 Stroll through Charlevoix, Bay Harbor, Petoskey, Harbor Springs.Tunnel of Trees.
Day 9 Stroll through Leland, Suttons Bay, Glen Haven, Glen Arbor. Wine tasting. Crystal River canoe trip.
Day 10 Drive home.
Some questions: husband and father would like to do a little golfing - any course suggestions; are we cramming too much into Days 8 and 9 - what are some must see's in those areas if we need to pare down; husband and I enjoy hiking and biking - I found a couple hikes in Sleeping Bear - what about additional hikes in GH area, or biking trails in either; additional restaurant recommendations, particularly for TC area.
Anything I'm missing, or other recommendations? Thanks a bunch!