11 days in Grand Rapids & Sault Ste. Marie Itinerary

11 days in Grand Rapids & Sault Ste. Marie Itinerary

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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.
Family-friendly places like Holland State Park Beach and Ludington State Park will thrill your kids. Relax by the water at Oval Beach and Silver Beach County Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Rapids: 12 Corners Vineyards (in Benton Harbor), Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and South Haven Lighthouses (in South Haven). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Meyer May House, examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, get engrossed in the history at Grand Rapids Public Museum, and stop by Blueberry Haven.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids day trip planning tool.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Muskegon, Grand Haven, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, Oval Beach, 12 Corners Vineyards
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Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach

4
nights
Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie ©
Sault Ste. Get a sense of the local culture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. Visit Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and Cross In The Woods National Shrine for their historical value. Explore Sault Ste. Marie's surroundings by going to Saint Ignace (Mackinac Bridge & Castle Rock), Paradise (Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, &more) and Point Iroquois Lighthouse (in Brimley). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Soo Locks, take in the views from Sault Ste Marie International Bridge, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Museum Ship Valley Camp, and contemplate the long history of Tower of History.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sault Ste. Marie day trip planner.

Drive from Grand Rapids to Sault Ste. Marie in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. When traveling from Grand Rapids in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sault Ste. Marie: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 57°F at night. 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, Point Iroquois Lighthouse
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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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