10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Drive:  5​h
1
Detroit
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Frankenmuth
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Empire
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
5
Traverse City
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Grand Blanc
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
End: Cincinnati

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night
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.
Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Detroit fast, fun, and easy.

Cincinnati to Detroit is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Detroit are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Frankenmuth.
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Comerica Park ©
Comerica Park

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Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then admire nature's extreme beauty at Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus, and finally take an in-depth tour of Frankenmuth Historical Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Frankenmuth day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Detroit to Frankenmuth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Frankenmuth when traveling from Detroit in July, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Museums Nature
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Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Frankenmuth Historical Museum ©
Frankenmuth Historical Museum

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nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, Mackinac Island State Park, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, then look for gifts at Murdick's Fudge, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, get great views at Castle Rock, then enjoy the sea views from McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, and finally explore the striking landscape of Headlands International Dark Sky Park.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mackinaw City online attractions planner .

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Mackinaw City in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Frankenmuth in July, plan for slightly colder days in Mackinaw City, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Empire.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mackinac Island, Saint Ignace
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Castle Rock ©
Castle Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

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Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and then kick back and relax at Lake Michigan Beach Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Empire trip planner.

Drive from Mackinaw City to Empire in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Empire sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Traverse City.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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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.
Kids will enjoy Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and Clinch Park. The adventure continues: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, learn about winemaking at Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, and take a stroll through Front Street.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Traverse City holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Empire to Traverse City takes an hour. In July in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Blanc.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Golf Tours
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery ©
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery

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Grand Blanc

Grand Blanc ©
Grand Blanc is a city in Genesee County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): find something for the whole family at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Blanc road trip app .

Drive from Traverse City to Grand Blanc in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Blanc

Fun & Games Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan, Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad
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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan ©
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan

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