11 days in Michigan Itinerary

11 days in Michigan Itinerary

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11 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Drive:  1 h 15 min
1
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Empire
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Mackinaw City
— 1 night
Ferry:  30 min
4
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  2 h
5
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Munising
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h
7
Detroit
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
End: Kalamazoo

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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.
On the 16th (Mon), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach and then kick back and relax at Oval Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids online tour itinerary maker .

Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Empire.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oval Beach, Holland State Park Beach
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Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach

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Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, then admire all the interesting features of Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Empire trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Empire takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Grand Rapids in July: highs in Empire hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Empire

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Point Betsie Lighthouse
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. On the 19th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, then stroll through Colonial Michilimackinac, then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, and finally look for gifts at JoAnn's Fudge.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mackinaw City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Empire to Mackinaw City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Mackinaw City, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Mackinac Bridge
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Colonial Michilimackinac ©
Colonial Michilimackinac
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park

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nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Biddle House, partake in some friendly competition at Mackinac Revealed, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally enjoy the sea views from Round Island Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island itinerary planning site .

Mackinac Island is just a stone's throw from Mackinaw City. In July, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

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Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, then see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paradise trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Paradise, with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums Parks Nature
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Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Whitefish Point Light ©
Whitefish Point Light

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Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, look for gifts at Open Wings Pottery & Gallery, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, then admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, and finally explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Munising trip planning tool .

Getting from Paradise to Munising by car takes about 2.5 hours. July in Munising sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Open Wings Pottery & Gallery ©
Open Wings Pottery & Gallery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Greenfield Village, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally admire all the interesting features of Comerica Park. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Detroit Zoo, see the interesting displays at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, then contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read Detroit trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Munising to Detroit takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Munising in July, with highs in Detroit at 82°F and lows at 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Dearborn, Detroit Zoo
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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