10 days in Michigan Itinerary

10 days in Michigan Itinerary

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10 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h
1
Detroit
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + taxi + bus + ferry:  5​h 30​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Empire
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Chicago

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford and then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum. Keep things going the next day: deepen your understanding at Seven Ponds Nature Center, then see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, and then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Detroit day trip planning tool .

Chicago to Detroit is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Detroit due to the time zone difference. July in Detroit sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Put in Bay, Dearborn, Seven Ponds Nature Center, Toledo Museum of Art
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Put-in-Bay Winery ©
Put-in-Bay Winery
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 14th (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, then steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Detroit to Mackinac Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, Mackinac Island is a bit cooler than Detroit - with highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church

1
night
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery, then trek along Empire Bluff Trail, and then get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Empire trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Mackinac Island to Empire by combination of ferry and bus takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery
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2
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 17th (Wed), stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park, then admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, and then walk around Stearns Park. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Fifth Avenue Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ludington trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Empire to Ludington takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ludington can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, Fifth Avenue Beach
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Fifth Avenue Beach ©
Fifth Avenue Beach
Ludington Waterfront Park ©
Ludington Waterfront Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oval Beach. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and then examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Ludington to Grand Rapids in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Ludington, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Rapids, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oval Beach, Gilmore Car Museum, Holland State Park Beach
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Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach

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