10 days in Michigan Itinerary

10 days in Michigan Itinerary

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10 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Detroit
bus + Fly:  3​h
1
Traverse City
— 1 night
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Detroit
— 3 nights
End: Detroit

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Sun), browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and then get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Fustini's Oils & Vinegars, then trek along Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Traverse City trip builder site .

Detroit to Traverse City is an approximately 3-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Detroit in April; daily highs in Traverse City reach 51°F and lows reach 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Biddle House, see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, play a few rounds at Jewel Golf Course, then stop by Caddywampus, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Traverse City in April: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 42°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Museums
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

2
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Rapids: Holland (Holland State Park Beach & Windmill Island Gardens). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and meet the residents at John Ball Zoo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grand Rapids online travel route planner .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Grand Rapids in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mackinac Island in April: high temperatures in Grand Rapids hover around 56°F and lows are around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Holland
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Windmill Island Gardens ©
Windmill Island Gardens

3
nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Go for a jaunt from Detroit to Ann Arbor to see Decode Ann Arbor about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and take an in-depth tour of Detroit Historical Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Detroit day trip planner.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Detroit by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in April, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dearborn, Decode Ann Arbor, Detroit Zoo
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Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Comerica Park ©
Comerica Park

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