11 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Playa del Carmen


Detroit — 3 nights

The Motor City

Get out of town with these interesting Detroit side-trips: The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall (in Livonia) and Ann Arbor (University of Michigan Museum of Art, University of Michigan, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, contemplate the long history of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and browse the exhibits of Motown Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Detroit route site.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Detroit is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, Detroit is colder than Playa del Carmen - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Frankenmuth.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Side Trips

Frankenmuth — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, do a tasting at St. Julian Winery, and then get engrossed in the history at Frankenmuth Historical Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Frankenmuth online itinerary builder.

Drive from Detroit to Frankenmuth in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in November, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.
Shopping · Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites

Grand Rapids — 2 nights

Furniture City

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Meyer May House, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Oval Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Holland State Park Beach, and then stop by Patricia's Chocolate.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids trip planner.

Drive from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Traverse City.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Traverse City — 2 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Traverse Bay, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then walk around East Bay Park. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Front Street, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, then don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, and finally do a tasting at Bowers Harbor Vineyards.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Traverse City tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Traverse City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.
Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Parks

Mackinac Island — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Trinity Church and then learn something new at Forge a Memory.

To find photos and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island route maker.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. November in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.
Classes · Historic Sites

Michigan travel guide

Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.