12 days in Michigan & Tellico Plains Itinerary

12 days in Michigan & Tellico Plains Itinerary

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12 days in Michigan & Tellico Plains Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
1
Detroit
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Tellico Plains
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
6
Munising
— 1 night
+4
taxi + bus + Drive + Fly + ferry:  7​h 15​min
End: Toronto

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Henry Ford and Detroit Institute of Arts. Appreciate the collections at Greenfield Village and Motown Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Detroit: Maumee Bay State Park (in Oregon) and Toledo Museum of Art (in Toledo). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Campus Martius Park, sample the fine beverages at Motor City Gas, and look for gifts at Polish Art Center.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Detroit visit planner.

Toronto, Canada to Detroit is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also take a train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Dearborn, Polish Art Center, Toledo Museum of Art, Maumee Bay State Park, Motor City Gas
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

1
night
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): do a tasting at St. Julians Winery, then stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and finally contemplate the long history of Whaley House Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Frankenmuth journey maker .

Traveling by car from Detroit to Frankenmuth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Frankenmuth can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Whaley House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
St. Julians Winery ©
St. Julians Winery

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oval Beach, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, do a tasting at Fenn Valley Vineyards, and then examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids travel planner .

You can 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, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gilmore Car Museum, Fenn Valley Vineyards, Oval Beach, Holland State Park Beach
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach

3
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.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Front Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Leelanau Wine Cellars (in Omena) and Longview Winery (in Suttons Bay). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Northern Latitudes Distillery.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Traverse City trip planner .

Drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tellico Plains.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Suttons Bay, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Northern Latitudes Distillery, Leelanau Wine Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Leelanau Wine Cellars ©
Leelanau Wine Cellars
Bowers Harbor Vineyards ©
Bowers Harbor Vineyards

1
night
Tellico Plains

Tellico Plains ©
Tellico Plains is a town in Monroe County, Tennessee, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stroll through Indian Boundary General Store and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bald River Falls.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tellico Plains day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Traverse City to Tellico Plains. Traveling from Traverse City in November, you will find days in Tellico Plains are somewhat warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Tellico Plains

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Bald River Falls ©
Bald River Falls

1
night
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, stop by Open Wings Pottery & Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Munising driving holiday planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Tellico Plains to Munising with the Route module. Traveling from Tellico Plains in November, you will find days in Munising are a bit cooler (7°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach
Open Wings Pottery & Gallery ©
Open Wings Pottery & Gallery