12 days in Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Michigan Itinerary

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12 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Dearborn
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
2
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  2​h
4
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
ferry + bus:  4​h 45​min
5
Empire
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
End: Springfield

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Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): examine the collection at Greenfield Village, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then explore the galleries of Motown Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from GM Renaissance Center.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dearborn trip planner .

Springfield to Dearborn is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Dearborn due to the time zone difference. July in Dearborn sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Detroit
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls and then explore the activities along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), then look for gifts at Upper Peninsula Inspired, then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, and finally try for a hole-in-one at Miners Falls Mini Golf.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Munising attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Dearborn to Munising takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Dearborn in July, expect Munising to be a bit cooler, temps between 74°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls

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Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paradise road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Munising to Paradise takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car. In July in Paradise, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums
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Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then browse the exhibits of Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island route planning app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Empire.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Museums
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

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nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lake Michigan Beach Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Empire Bluff Trail, and then get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Empire road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Empire takes 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Empire are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Frankfort
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Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

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Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): walk around Ludington Waterfront Park, admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and finally stop by The Jam Farm.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ludington holiday planning tool .

Drive from Empire to Ludington in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ludington are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access
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Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Ludington Waterfront Park ©
Ludington Waterfront Park

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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 25th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then delve into the lush surroundings at Cascade Peace Park, then examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Oval Beach, indulge your taste buds at Holland Farmers Market, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Grand Rapids trip planner .

You can drive from Ludington to Grand Rapids in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ludington in July, you will find days in Grand Rapids are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Holland, Oval Beach, Gilmore Car Museum, Cascade Peace Park
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Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach

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