12 days in Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Petoskey
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Petoskey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charlevoix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Detroit
— 1 night
Drive

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Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 28th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Biddle House, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and then look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island tour itinerary maker.

Dayton to Mackinac Island is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Dayton, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Petoskey

— 2 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 30th (Mon), try to win big at Odawa Casino, grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway, and then stop by Historic Gaslight District. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then admire the majestic nature at Petoskey State Park, then stop by Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Boyne City Farmer's Market.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Petoskey day trip app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Petoskey are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Charlevoix.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Casinos · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Charlevoix

— 2 nights
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Castle Farms and then hit the slopes at Shanty Creek Resorts. On the next day, indulge your taste buds at Royal Farms, Inc., kick back and relax at Michigan Beach Park, then admire the striking features of Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Three Pines Studio.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Charlevoix trip builder app.

Charlevoix is just a stone's throw from Petoskey. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Golf

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 2 nights

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.
On the 4th (Fri), take a stroll through Front Street, then stop by American Spoon, then browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and finally explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Mission Point Lighthouse, then learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, and finally kick back and relax at Clinch Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Charlevoix to Traverse City in 1.5 hours. October in Traverse City sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Rapids

— 2 nights

Furniture City

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 6th (Sun), look for gifts at The Pink Patio, enjoy the sand and surf at Oval Beach, and then examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Grand Rapids trip maker app.

Drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 8th (Tue), stroll around Wilkommen Park, stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and finally do a tasting at St. Julian Winery.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Frankenmuth travel planner.

Drive from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Detroit

— 1 night

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.
On the 9th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, and finally browse the different shops at Somerset Collection.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Detroit trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Detroit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Detroit are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.