13 days in Michigan Itinerary

13 days in Michigan Itinerary

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13 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
Ferry:  15​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Bus:  4​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
Dearborn
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Miners Falls and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, get engrossed in the history at Alger County Heritage Center, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Munising vacation tool .

Newark to Munising is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Newark in August; daily highs in Munising reach 74°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

2
nights
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get great views at Castle Rock, stroll around Bridge View Park, and then make a trip to Soo Locks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, stop by Manley’s Fish Market, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park, then stroll around Colonial Michilimackinac, and finally snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Saint Ignace vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Munising to Saint Ignace takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Mackinaw City, Soo Locks
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Bridge View Park ©
Bridge View Park
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, expand your understanding of the military at Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip planner.

Mackinac Island is just a short distance from Saint Ignace. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Mission Point Lighthouse and then explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Traverse City travel planner.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Traverse City by combination of ferry and bus takes about 4.5 hours. When traveling from Mackinac Island in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Traverse City: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Empire
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
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 25th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Meyer May House, examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): look and learn at Grand Rapids Public Museum, then get to know the resident critters at John Ball Zoo, and then appreciate the history behind Leonardo da Vinci's Horse.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Grand Rapids trip itinerary website .

Getting from Traverse City to Grand Rapids by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Meyer May House ©
Meyer May House
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

1
night
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): walk around Wilkommen Park, look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

To see where to stay, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Frankenmuth trip planner.

Drive from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Frankenmuth are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Zipline

1
night
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 28th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and finally examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

To see more things to do, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, use the Dearborn day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Dearborn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Frankenmuth in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Dearborn, with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Detroit
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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