12 days in Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
2
Petoskey
— 2 nights
3
Charlevoix
— 2 nights
4
Traverse City
— 2 nights
5
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
6
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
7
Detroit
— 1 night

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 28th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Biddle House, thenpause 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 flight. You can also take a bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Dayton, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

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Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. 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, thenadmire the majestic nature at Petoskey State Park, thenstop 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 bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Petoskey are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Charlevoix.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Boyne City Farmer's Market, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Historic Gaslight District ©
Historic Gaslight District
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

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Charlevoix

Charlevoix ©
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. 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, thenadmire 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 °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Royal Farms, Inc., Three Pines Studio, Shanty Creek Resorts
Highlights from your plan
Shanty Creek Resorts ©
Shanty Creek Resorts
Royal Farms, Inc. ©
Royal Farms, Inc.
Three Pines Studio ©
Three Pines Studio

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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 4th (Fri), take a stroll through Front Street, thenstop by American Spoon, thenbrowse 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, thenlearn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, thenbrush 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 °F and lows of °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

Side Trip

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Highlights from your plan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

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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 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, thentake 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; or fly. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °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

Side Trips

Saugatuck, Holland State Park Beach, Gilmore Car Museum
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach

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Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. On the 8th (Tue), stroll around Wilkommen Park, stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and finally do a tasting at St. Julians 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 °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Museums Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
St. Julians Winery ©
St. Julians Winery

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Detroit

Detroit ©
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, thenexamine the collection at The Henry Ford, thensee 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 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Detroit are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Dearborn, Somerset Collection
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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