11 days in Grand Rapids & Sault Ste. Marie Itinerary

11 days in Grand Rapids & Sault Ste. Marie Itinerary

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11 days in Grand Rapids & Sault Ste. Marie Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Grand Rapids
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Sault Ste. Marie
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Kalamazoo

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Gilmore Car Museum and South Haven Lighthouses. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Holland State Park Beach and Silver Lake State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Rapids: Silver Beach County Park (in Saint Joseph), 12 Corners Vineyards (in Benton Harbor) and Oval Beach (in Saugatuck). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, find something for the whole family at Michigan's Adventure, immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grand Rapids trip itinerary planner .

Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In August, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Grand Haven, Muskegon, Silver Beach County Park, Ludington State Park, South Haven Lighthouses
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Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach
Silver Lake State Park ©
Silver Lake State Park

4
nights
Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie ©
Sault Ste. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site. Attractions like Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and Museum Ship Valley Camp make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Sault Ste. Marie: Paradise (Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, & more), Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River) and Mackinac Bridge (in Mackinaw City). There's much more to do: visit a coastal fixture at USDA Iroquois Lighthouse, make a trip to Soo Locks, take in the views from Sault Ste Marie International Bridge, and take in panoramic vistas at Tower of History.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sault Ste. Marie journey planner .

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Sault Ste. Marie in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Grand Rapids in August: highs in Sault Ste. Marie hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mackinaw City, Paradise, Saint Ignace, Cross In The Woods National Shrine
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Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

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