12 days in Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Michigan Itinerary

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12 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Detroit
1
Detroit
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Saint Joseph
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Petoskey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: Detroit

2
nights
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.
DNR Outdoor Adventure Center has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, examine the collection at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, then contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, and finally take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Belle Isle Park, engage your brain at Michigan Science Center, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally take in panoramic vistas at GM Renaissance Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Detroit trip maker app .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Detroit. July in Detroit sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Parks Nature
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Motown Museum ©
Motown Museum
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant ©
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

1
night
Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph ©
St. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Silver Beach Carousel and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Beach County Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): walk around Whirlpool Compass Fountain, then visit a coastal fixture at St. Joseph Lighthouses, then visit a coastal fixture at South Haven Lighthouses, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Saint Joseph trip builder app .

Getting from Detroit to Saint Joseph by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Detroit in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Saint Joseph, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

South Haven Lighthouses, Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Highlights from your plan
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Silver Beach Carousel ©
Silver Beach Carousel

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Meyer May House, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at John Ball Zoo, then pause for some photo ops at Leonardo da Vinci's Horse, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, see the sky in a new way at Grand Rapids Public Museum, then examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew.

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Drive from Saint Joseph to Grand Rapids in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum
Grand Rapids Public Museum ©
Grand Rapids Public Museum

2
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, and then visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ludington route planner.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Ludington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Grand Rapids in July, plan for little chillier days in Ludington, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access
Highlights from your plan
Little Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Little Sable Point Lighthouse
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Overlook, explore the activities along Lake of the Clouds, and then take a peaceful walk through Porcupine Mountains State Park.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ontonagon trip planner.

Drive from Ludington to Ontonagon in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Adventure Mining Company
Highlights from your plan
Adventure Mining Company ©
Adventure Mining Company
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds

2
nights
Petoskey

Petoskey
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stroll through Little Traverse Wheelway, then wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District, and then immerse yourself in nature at Petoskey State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen, then see the interesting displays at Little Traverse History Museum, then try your luck at Odawa Casino, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Mackinaw Trail Winery & Brewery.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Petoskey travel planner .

Drive from Ontonagon to Petoskey in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Petoskey can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Petoskey State Park
Petoskey State Park
Little Traverse History Museum ©
Little Traverse History Museum
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway

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