12 days in Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Michigan Itinerary

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12 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Dayton
+4
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus + ferry:  6​h 30​min
1
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
ferry + bus:  2​h 15​min
2
Petoskey
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Charlevoix
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Detroit
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
End: Dayton

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Biddle House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and then stop by Island House Bike Shop.

Plan trip to Mackinac Island with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Dayton to Mackinac Island is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of taxi, flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Dayton, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough 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

2
nights
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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Traverse Wheelway, and then wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then admire the majestic nature at Petoskey State Park, then look for gifts at Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Boyne City Farmer's Market.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Petoskey online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Charlevoix.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Fun & Games Trails

Side Trips

Boyne City Farmer's Market, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Petoskey State Park
Petoskey State Park

2
nights
Charlevoix

Charlevoix ©
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. On the 2nd (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Castle Farms and then hit the slopes at Shanty Creek Resorts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): learn about winemaking at Royal Farms, Inc., then enjoy the sand and surf at Michigan Beach Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Three Pines Studio.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Charlevoix sightseeing planner .

Charlevoix is very close to Petoskey. In October, daytime highs in Charlevoix are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Three Pines Studio, Royal Farms, Inc., Shanty Creek Resorts
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Shanty Creek Resorts ©
Shanty Creek Resorts
Three Pines Studio ©
Three Pines Studio
Castle Farms ©
Castle Farms

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 4th (Fri), make a trip to Front Street, then stop by American Spoon, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and finally admire all the interesting features of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Old Mission Lighthouse, then learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, then sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Clinch Park.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Traverse City itinerary planner.

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

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): look for gifts at The Pink Patio, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oval Beach, and then examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Holland State Park Beach.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Grand Rapids trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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night
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, then buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and finally do a tasting at St. Julians Winery.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Frankenmuth online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Frankenmuth, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car 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
Michigan Heroes Museum ©
Michigan Heroes Museum

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Somerset Collection.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Detroit journey planning website .

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 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough 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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