12 days in Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Detroit
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South Lyon
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Detroit
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Traverse City
— 1 night
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Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
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Paradise
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Munising
— 2 nights
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L'Anse
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Houghton
— 2 nights
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Ontonagon
— 1 night
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Norway
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Detroit

The Motor City

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 17th (Sat): examine the collection at The Henry Ford.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Detroit trip planner.

Durham to Detroit is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Durham in July, with highs in Detroit at 82°F and lows at 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to South Lyon.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

South Lyon

— 1 night
South Lyon is a city in Southwestern Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan, in Metro Detroit. You've now added Witches Hat Brewing Company to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): sample the tasty concoctions at Witches Hat Brewing Company.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the South Lyon trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Detroit to South Lyon takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Detroit.

Things to do in South Lyon

Breweries & Distilleries · Nightlife
Highlights from your trip

Detroit

— 1 night

The Motor City

TCF Center has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, tour or see a show at TCF Center, then head off the coast to Belle Isle Park, and finally take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Detroit trip builder.

Traveling by car from South Lyon to Detroit takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly to Traverse City.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Nature · Parks

Traverse City

— 1 night

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kayak, Bike & Brew, Front Street and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take a stroll through Front Street, then add some adventure to your tour with Kayak, Bike & Brew, and then take in the pleasant sights at Boardman River Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Traverse City travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Detroit to Traverse City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 59°F in Traverse City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Mackinaw City

— 2 nights
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Headlands International Dark Sky Park as well as Mackinac Island State Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinaw City trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Traverse City to Mackinaw City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Traverse City in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Mackinaw City, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Thu) before leaving for Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Paradise

Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Paradise trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Mackinaw City to Paradise in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Mackinaw City in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 53°F in Paradise. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature · Parks · Museums

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Your list of things to see and do now includes Pictured Rocks Cruises, Chapel Rock and Beach, Sable Falls, and other attractions.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Munising road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Paradise to Munising in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to L'Anse.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

L'Anse

L'Anse is a village in northwest Michigan, U.S., and the county seat of Baraga County. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): hike along North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail).

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a L'Anse trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Munising to L'Anse takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Houghton.

Things to do in L'Anse

Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Houghton

— 2 nights
Houghton is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and largest city in the Copper Country on the Keweenaw Peninsula. You've added McLain State Park, Keweenaw Adventure Company, Brockway Mountain Drive, and other attractions to your itinerary.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Houghton vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from L'Anse to Houghton in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Houghton

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Agate Falls Scenic Site as well as Lake of the Clouds. On the 26th (Mon), go deep underground at Adventure Mining Company, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Clouds, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ontonagon itinerary planner.

Getting from Houghton to Ontonagon by car takes about an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 55°F. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Norway.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Norway

— 1 night
Norway is a city in Dickinson County in the U.S. state of Michigan. To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Norway tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Norway takes 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ontonagon to Norway. In July, daytime highs in Norway are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Norway

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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.