12 days in Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip itinerary planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Detroit
— 1 night
Drive
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Lansing
— 1 night
Drive
3
Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Petoskey
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Marquette
— 2 nights
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Detroit — 1 night

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): have fun and explore at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then examine the collection at Motown Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Detroit vacation site.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to Detroit is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Miguel de Allende to Detroit due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in January, expect Detroit to be much colder, temps between 0°C and -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Lansing.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Lansing — 1 night

Lansing is the capital of the US state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): deepen your understanding at Michigan State University, then take an in-depth tour of Michigan History Center, and then look for gifts at Horrocks Farm Market.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Lansing travel route planning app.

Traveling by car from Detroit to Lansing takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January in Lansing, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.
Shopping · Museums
Side Trip

Grand Rapids — 3 nights

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 out of town with these interesting Grand Rapids side-trips: Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners), Bittersweet Ski Resort (in Otsego) and Oval Beach (in Saugatuck). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, view the masterpieces at Urban Institute For Contemporary Arts, admire the striking features of Meyer May House, and take an in-depth tour of Grand Rapids Public Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Grand Rapids day trip planning site.

Drive from Lansing to Grand Rapids in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.
Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Side Trips

Traverse City — 2 nights

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 28th (Fri): make a trip to Mission Point Lighthouse, then learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Traverse City route planner.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Petoskey.
Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip

Petoskey — 2 nights

Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 30th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Boyne Mountain and then stop by Historic Gaslight District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): hit the slopes at Nub's Nob, do a tasting at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, and then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Petoskey online attractions planner.

You can drive from Traverse City to Petoskey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marquette.
Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trips

Marquette — 2 nights

Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Marquette trip planner.

Traveling by car from Petoskey to Marquette takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Marquette when traveling from Petoskey in January, with lows around -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Michigan travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.