10 days in Michigan Itinerary

10 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Grand Rapids
— 1 day
Drive
2
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
3
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Dearborn
— 2 nights
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Grand Rapids

— 1 day

Furniture City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and then stroll around Roselle Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids day trip site.

Lafayette to Grand Rapids is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lafayette to Grand Rapids. Traveling from Lafayette in July, things will get slightly colder in Grand Rapids: highs are around 82°F and lows about 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks

Side Trip

Traverse City

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Traverse City online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 4th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Trinity Church, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, and finally discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. While traveling from Traverse City, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

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 6th (Tue), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Munising trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 8th (Thu), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then explore the fascinating landscape at Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Frankenmuth vacation maker.

You can drive from Munising to Frankenmuth in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Munising in July, expect nights in Frankenmuth to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

Dearborn

— 2 nights
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at The Henry Ford, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum. On your second day here, take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront and then see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Dearborn visit planner.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Dearborn in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Dearborn sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.