11 days in Michigan Itinerary

11 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
2
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
3
Detroit
— 1 night
4
Traverse City
— 2 nights
5
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
6
Munising
— 3 nights

1
night
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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach, thenhead off-road at Saugatuck Dune Rides, and then stroll through Oval Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids trip maker tool.

Chicago to Grand Rapids is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Grand Rapids is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Grand Rapids when traveling from Chicago in August, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Saugatuck, Holland State Park Beach
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Saugatuck Dune Rides ©
Saugatuck Dune Rides
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach

1
night
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, thenstroll around Wilkommen Park, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Frankenmuth trip planning site.

Drive from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Frankenmuth are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Detroit.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Zipline

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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 4th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts and then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Detroit vacation planner.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Detroit in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Frankenmuth in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of °F in Detroit. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums

Side Trip

The Henry Ford
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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nights
Traverse City

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 5th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Empire Bluff Trail, and then cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

Discover how to plan a Traverse City trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Detroit to Traverse City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Traverse City sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Empire
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, thenexplore the galleries of Fort Mackinac, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, thenidentify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, thenlook for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, and finally see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island online vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Great Turtle Kayak Tours ©
Great Turtle Kayak Tours
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

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nights
Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Bring the kids along to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Miners Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Munising: Manistique (Indian Lake State Park, Palms Book State Park, &more). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls, and get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Munising itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Munising sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Manistique
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park

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