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
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Jackson
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Detroit
— 2 nights
End: Detroit

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Thorne Swift Nature Preserve (in Harbor Springs), Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (in Empire) and Forbush Corner Cross-Country Skiing (in Frederic). And it doesn't end there: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, cast your line with a fishing tour, hit the slopes at Tommy's Ski and Wake School, and tee off at Manitou Passage Golf Club.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip itinerary builder website .

Detroit to Traverse City is an approximately 3-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Traverse City, with lows of 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Aspen Park, Manitou Passage Golf Club, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, Forbush Corner Cross-Country Skiing
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Aspen Park ©
Aspen 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Saint Joseph (Silver Beach Carousel & Whirlpool Compass Fountain), Air Zoo (in Portage) and Holland State Park Beach (in Holland). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bell's Comstock Brewery, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and take an in-depth tour of Grand Rapids Public Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Grand Rapids trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In March in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 24°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Saint Joseph, Air Zoo, Holland State Park Beach, Bell's Comstock Brewery, Gilmore Car Museum
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Silver Beach Carousel ©
Silver Beach Carousel
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1
night
Jackson

Jackson ©
Jackson is a city located along Interstate 94 in the south central area of the U.S. On the 22nd (Sun), get your game on at The Chelsea Treehouse, then have some family-friendly fun at EpIQ Escapes, then examine the collection at Mann House, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Falling Waters Trail.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jackson trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Jackson takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in March, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Jackson

Fun & Games Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

The Chelsea Treehouse, Mann House
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The Chelsea Treehouse ©
The Chelsea Treehouse
Mann House ©
Mann House

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Detroit Zoo, then partake in some friendly competition at Decode Ann Arbor, and then get your game on at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and finally see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Detroit tour planner.

You can drive from Jackson to Detroit in 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Detroit can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Dearborn, Detroit Zoo, Decode Ann Arbor, BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League
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Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit Zoo ©
Detroit Zoo

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