12 days in Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Michigan Itinerary

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12 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
1
Frankenmuth
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Birch Run
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Linden
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
4
Grayling
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Traverse City
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
6
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: Orlando

2
nights
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): examine the collection at Frankenmuth Lager Mill, then take an in-depth tour of Frankenmuth Historical Museum, and then walk around Wilkommen Park.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Frankenmuth sightseeing tool .

Orlando to Frankenmuth is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Orlando in June: high temperatures in Frankenmuth hover around 77°F and lows are around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Birch Run.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Museums Shopping Adventure
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Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Michigan Heroes Museum ©
Michigan Heroes Museum

2
nights
Birch Run

Birch Run ©
Birch Run is a village in Saginaw County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, then revel in the low prices at Birch Run Premium Outlets, and then admire the sheer force of Stepping Stone Falls. On your second day here, buy something for everyone on your list at Collette's Vintage & Antique Mall, then walk around For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum, then contemplate the long history of Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wilderness Trails Zoo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Birch Run tour planner .

Birch Run is just a stone's throw from Frankenmuth. In June, daytime highs in Birch Run are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Linden.

Things to do in Birch Run

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Flint, Collette's Vintage & Antique Mall, Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
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Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge ©
Birch Run Premium Outlets ©
Birch Run Premium Outlets

1
day
Linden

Linden ©
Linden is a city in Genesee County in the U.S. On the 20th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Durand Union Station - Michigan Railroad History Museum, look for gifts at Eclections, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Great Lakes National Cemetery, and finally tee off at The Preserve Golf Club.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Linden day trip planning app .

You can drive from Birch Run to Linden in an hour. June in Linden sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Grayling.

Things to do in Linden

Golf Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Fenton, Durand Union Station - Michigan Railroad History Museum, Great Lakes National Cemetery
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Eclections ©
Eclections
Great Lakes National Cemetery ©
Great Lakes National Cemetery

2
nights
Grayling

Grayling
Grayling is a city in the U.S. On the 21st (Fri), trek along Mason Tract Pathway, then see the interesting displays at Grayling Fish Hatchery Museum Project, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Hartwick Pines State Park, then examine the collection at Call of the Wild Museum, and then stroll around Gaylord's City Elk Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Grayling trip planner .

You can drive from Linden to Grayling in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Linden in June, things will get slightly colder in Grayling: highs are around 75°F and lows about 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grayling

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Gaylord
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Hartwick Pines State Park
Hartwick Pines State Park
Call of the Wild Museum ©
Call of the Wild Museum
Grayling Fish Hatchery Museum Project ©

2
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), make a trip to Old Mission Lighthouse, examine the collection at Music House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Dennos Museum Center, and finally wander the streets of Front Street. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Clinch Park, learn about winemaking at Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery, then enjoy the sea views from Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Traverse City using our trip planner.

Getting from Grayling to Traverse City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Traverse City are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Silver Leaf Vineyard & Winery, Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, Music House Museum
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Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum ©
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 25th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, get outside with The Greens of Mackinac, stop by Island House Bike Shop, Head underground at Eagle Point Cave, then don't miss a visit to Trinity Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Biddle House.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island trip builder site .

Getting from Traverse City to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. While traveling from Traverse City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

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