12 days in Southeast Michigan Itinerary

12 days in Southeast Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southeast Michigan trip itinerary builder

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Lansing
— 5 nights
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Dearborn
— 6 nights
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Lansing

— 5 nights
Lansing is the capital of the US state of Michigan. Kids will appreciate attractions like Potter Park Zoo and Horrocks Farm Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lansing: McCourtie Park (in Somerset Center) and Jackson (Falling Waters Trail, Cascade Falls, &more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Woldumar Nature Center, deepen your understanding at Michigan State University, take in nature's colorful creations at 4-H Children's Garden, and contemplate the long history of R.E. Olds Transportation Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Lansing trip itinerary builder app.

Chicago to Lansing is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Lansing due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, plan for little chillier nights in Lansing, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Lansing

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Dearborn

— 6 nights
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kids will enjoy TreeRunner West Bloomfield Adventure Park and Detroit Institute of Arts. Explore Dearborn's surroundings by going to Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum & Argo Canoe Livery), Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (in Auburn Hills) and Decode Ypsilanti (in Ypsilanti). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, step off the mainland to explore Belle Isle Park, browse the exhibits of Motown Museum, and take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Dearborn trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lansing to Dearborn takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Dearborn, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips