10 days in Michigan Itinerary

10 days in Michigan Itinerary

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10 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Train:  1​h 45​min
1
Saint Joseph
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Mears
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Munising
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph ©
St. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Silver Beach Carousel and then kick back and relax at Silver Beach County Park. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Warren Dunes State Park, then kick back and relax at Weko Park, and then walk around Whirlpool Compass Fountain.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Saint Joseph trip itinerary maker app .

Chicago to Saint Joseph is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Saint Joseph is 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Saint Joseph, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bridgman
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Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
Silver Beach Carousel ©
Silver Beach Carousel
Warren Dunes State Park ©
Warren Dunes State Park

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Oval Beach and Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Rapids side-trips: Holland (Holland State Park Beach, Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market, & more). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at John Ball Zoo and take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids travel planner.

Getting from Saint Joseph to Grand Rapids by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mears.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Holland, Oval Beach, Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
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Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Nelis' Dutch Village ©
Nelis' Dutch Village

3
nights
Mears

Mears ©
Golden Township is a civil township of Oceana County in the U.S. Kids will enjoy Michigan's Adventure and Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access. Change things up with these side-trips from Mears: Manistee (Fifth Avenue Beach & Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary), Stearns Park (in Ludington) and Pere Marquette Park (in Muskegon). It doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse and ride a horse along Rainbow Ranch.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mears travel planner .

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Mears in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Grand Rapids in August: highs in Mears hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mears

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manistee, Muskegon, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, Rainbow Ranch, Stearns Park
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Michigan's Adventure ©
Michigan's Adventure
Little Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Little Sable Point Lighthouse

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nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stroll around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, and then kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Munising trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mears to Munising in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. August in Munising sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach

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