11 days in Michigan Itinerary

11 days in Michigan Itinerary

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11 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Holland
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Empire
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 45​min
4
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Dearborn
— 3 nights
bus:  15​min
End: Detroit

2
nights
Holland

Holland ©
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at North Beach, then let the kids burn off some steam at Kids' Corner playground, and then kick back and relax at Oval Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the fresh offerings at Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market, trek along Rosy Mound Natural Area, then steep yourself in history at USS LST 393, and finally contemplate the long history of Hackley and Hume Historic Site.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Holland tour itinerary maker tool .

Detroit to Holland is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Holland can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Holland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

South Haven, Muskegon, Rosy Mound Natural Area, Oval Beach
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Rosy Mound Natural Area ©
Rosy Mound Natural Area
USS LST 393 ©
USS LST 393
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach

2
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Clouds, delve into the lush surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Lake Gogebic State Park and then explore the activities along Presque Isle River.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ontonagon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Holland to Ontonagon takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Holland in July, with highs in Ontonagon at 75°F and lows at 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Empire.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Gogebic State Park, Adventure Mining Company
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Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds
Adventure Mining Company ©
Adventure Mining Company
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park

2
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Point Betsie Lighthouse and Glen Haven Historical Village. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Michigan Beach Park and Old Indian Trail. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, join in the after-dark buzz at Lake Ann Brewing Company, view the masterpieces at Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery, and hike along Dunes Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Empire online tour builder .

You can drive from Ontonagon to Empire in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Empire can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Frankfort, Lake Ann Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
Dunes Trail ©
Dunes Trail
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island holiday website .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Empire to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. In July in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

3
nights
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Step out of the city life by going to Elizabeth Park and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Do some cultural sightseeing at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Greenfield Village. Step out of Dearborn to go to Put in Bay and see Butterfly House, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, get a taste of the local shopping with The Heidelberg Project, and see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Dearborn trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Mackinac Island to Dearborn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Dearborn: highs are around 82°F and lows about 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Detroit, Elizabeth Park, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Butterfly House
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Edsel & Eleanor Ford House ©
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
Elizabeth Park ©
Elizabeth Park

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