12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Detroit
1
Detroit
— 1 night
+3
Fly + taxi + bus + ferry:  5​h 30​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Petoskey
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
6
Toronto
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Ann Arbor
— 1 day
train:  1​h
End: Detroit

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St. Mary's Church, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and finally see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Island Lake State Recreation Area, admire the landmark architecture of The Guardian Building, and then take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Detroit trip itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Detroit. In August, daily temperatures in Detroit can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dearborn, Island Lake State Recreation Area
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Island Lake State Recreation Area ©
Island Lake State Recreation Area
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 22nd (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Detroit to Mackinac Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Detroit in August, things will get slightly colder in Mackinac Island: highs are around 72°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

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Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): walk around Michigan Beach Park, grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway, and then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): kick back and relax at Depot Beach, then stop by Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen, then immerse yourself in nature at Petoskey State Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at North Western State Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Petoskey trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Charlevoix, Mackinac Bridge
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Petoskey State Park ©
Petoskey State Park
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen ©
Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting and then admire all the interesting features of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Old Mission Lighthouse, explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and then kick back and relax at Clinch Park.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Traverse City trip builder website .

You can drive from Petoskey to Traverse City in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Beer Tastings & Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): indulge your taste buds at Holland Farmers Market, then enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oval Beach. On your second day here, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and then examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Grand Rapids, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Grand Rapids takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. August in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Holland, Oval Beach
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Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach

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Toronto

Toronto
Toronto is a city in Woodson County, Kansas, United States, along the Verdigris River. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Cross Timbers State Park.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Toronto trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Grand Rapids to Toronto. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Rapids to Toronto due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Rapids in August; daily highs in Toronto reach 88°F and lows reach 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ann Arbor.

Things to do in Toronto

Nature Parks

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Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor ©
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. On the 31st (Sat), hike along Parker Mill Park, partake in some friendly competition at Decode Ann Arbor, and then don't miss a visit to University of Michigan.

For more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Ann Arbor day trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Toronto to Ann Arbor. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Ann Arbor due to the time zone difference. In August, Ann Arbor is slightly colder than Toronto - with highs of 81°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Fun & Games Outdoors Trails
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Decode Ann Arbor ©
Decode Ann Arbor
University of Michigan ©
University of Michigan

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