13 days in Michigan Itinerary

13 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan holiday planner

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Detroit
— 3 nights
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Flint
— 2 nights
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Midland
— 1 night
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Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
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Empire
— 1 night
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Marquette
— 2 nights
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Detroit

— 3 nights

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.
Take a break from Detroit with a short trip to The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall in Livonia, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, examine the collection at Motown Museum, meet the residents at Detroit Zoo, and admire the landmark architecture of The Guardian Building.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Detroit vacation builder site.

New York City to Detroit is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Detroit to be a bit cooler, temps between 37°F and 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Flint.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Flint

— 2 nights
Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County, Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and finally don't miss a visit to Saginaw Veterans Memorial Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, then do a tasting at St. Julian Winery, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Flint trip planning site.

You can drive from Detroit to Flint in 1.5 hours. December in Flint sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 24°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Midland.

Things to do in Flint

Shopping · Wineries · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Midland

— 1 night
Midland is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan in the Tri-Cities region of Central Michigan. On the 25th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Alden Dow Home and Studio, then take in nature's colorful creations at Dow Gardens, then trek along Chippewa Nature Center, and finally revel in the low prices at Williams Cheese Factory Outlet.

Plan my Midland trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Traveling by car from Flint to Midland takes an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Midland

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Grand Rapids

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Rapids: Governor's Mansion Museum (in Marshall), Horrock's (in Battle Creek) and Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, examine the collection at Air Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Leonardo da Vinci's Horse, and see the sky in a new way at Grand Rapids Public Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids travel planner.

You can drive from Midland to Grand Rapids in 2 hours. December in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Empire.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Empire

— 1 night
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Empire travel route planner.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Empire in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Empire sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Empire

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Marquette

— 2 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. On the 30th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Hogback Mountain, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, then immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park, and finally experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, then take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Marquette trip planner.

Traveling by car from Empire to Marquette takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, Marquette is little chillier than Empire - with highs of 26°F and lows of 13°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.