11 days in Michigan Itinerary

11 days in Michigan Itinerary

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11 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 45​min
1
Munising
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Bus + Ferry:  6​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry + Bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Detroit
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 17th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Munising Falls and then explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, and finally try for a hole-in-one at Miners Falls Mini Golf.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Munising road trip website .

Minneapolis to Munising is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Munising is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Trinity Church, deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Mackinac, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island trip maker website .

Do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Mission Point Lighthouse and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Traverse City route maker site .

Getting from Mackinac Island to Traverse City by combination of ferry and bus takes about 4.5 hours. When traveling from Mackinac Island in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Traverse City: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Empire
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

2
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.
On the 22nd (Tue), examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oval Beach, and then stroll through Holland State Park Beach.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids travel route planning tool .

Drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Oval Beach, Gilmore Car Museum, Holland State Park Beach
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Room Escape Games

1
night
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, then don't miss a visit to Saginaw Veterans Memorial Plaza, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally stroll around Wilkommen Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Frankenmuth online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Frankenmuth are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Saginaw Veterans Memorial Plaza, Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad
Highlights from your plan
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops

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nights
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 (Fri): examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, then browse the exhibits of Motown Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Nickels Arcade, test your problem-solving skills at Decode Ann Arbor, then contemplate the long history of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Detroit tour builder app .

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Detroit in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Frankenmuth in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Detroit, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Dearborn, Ann Arbor
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

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