12 days in Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip itinerary planner

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Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
3
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
4
Munising
— 3 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Detroit
5
Detroit
— 1 night
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
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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.
Attractions like Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables and Oval Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Rapids: Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart), Michigan's Adventure (in Muskegon) and Holland State Park Beach (in Holland). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Millennium Park, see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Andrew.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids trip itinerary planner.

Flint to Grand Rapids is an approximately 2-hour car ride. August in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, hike along Empire Bluff Trail, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City online itinerary planner.

Drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, explore the galleries of Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, and finally discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

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Do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. While traveling from Traverse City, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Munising

— 3 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kids will enjoy Boat Tours & Water Sports and Presque Isle Park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls, get engrossed in the history at Alger County Heritage Center, and take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Munising trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Detroit trip website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Detroit takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Munising in August: high temperatures in Detroit hover around 81°F and lows are around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews and tourist information, use the Frankenmuth vacation maker app.

Getting from Detroit to Frankenmuth by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Detroit in August, expect little chillier with lows of 58°F in Frankenmuth. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

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.