10 days in Michigan Itinerary

10 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan tour itinerary maker

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Make it your trip
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Detroit
— 2 nights
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit

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Detroit

— 2 nights

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Detroit is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, get the lay of the land with Feet On The Street Tours, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and admire the local landmark of James Scott Memorial Fountain.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Detroit online trip maker.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Detroit. In May, daily temperatures in Detroit can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. On the 10th (Mon), walk around Wilkommen Park, learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then examine the collection at Frankenmuth Lager Mill, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read our Frankenmuth trip maker site.

You can drive from Detroit to Frankenmuth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. In May in Frankenmuth, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Grand Rapids

— 2 nights

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 11th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Meyer May House, take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and then examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Centennial Park, then walk around Windmill Island Gardens, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach.

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Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. May in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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 13th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Traverse City day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Grand Rapids in May since evenings lows in Traverse City dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, then steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in May, you will find days in Mackinac Island are slightly colder (58°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

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.

Upper Peninsula travel guide

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Waterfalls · Geologic Formations · State Parks
Natural attractions steal the show on an Upper Peninsula vacation. Michigan's sparsely populated northern region is famous for its extensive shoreline along the Great Lakes and thick swathes of protected forest. Many of the region's waterways feature dramatic cascades, and a history of volcanic activity has created a wealth of interesting rock formations and colorful mineral deposits. Wildlife spotting remains a top reason to take a trip to Upper Peninsula, with deer, bears, wolves, and porcupines all easily seen in the area's pristine wilderness.