12 days in Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Michigan Itinerary

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12 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Detroit
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Traverse City
— 3 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
4
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+4
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly + bus:  13​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Toledo Zoo (in Toledo), Cedar Point (in Sandusky) and Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial (in Put in Bay). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ste. Anne de Detroit Church, take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront, and browse the exhibits of Motown Museum.

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Philadelphia to Detroit is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 64°F in Detroit. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Dearborn, Cedar Point, Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial, Toledo Zoo
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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 27th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Meyer May House, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look and learn at Grand Rapids Public Museum, get to know the resident critters at John Ball Zoo, then pause for some photo ops at Leonardo da Vinci's Horse, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Andrew.

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Getting from Detroit to Grand Rapids by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In August in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Room Escape Games
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore & Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive). There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, enjoy the sea views from Old Mission Lighthouse, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

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Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Empire
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

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nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Biddle House, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Caddywampus, then contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island planner .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

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