13 days in Michigan Itinerary

13 days in Michigan Itinerary

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13 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Detroit
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Frankenmuth
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Muskegon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Empire
— 1 night
bus + ferry:  4​h 45​min
5
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h
6
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: Madison

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from GM Renaissance Center, steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and finally examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Detroit trip builder site .

Madison to Detroit is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madison to Detroit due to the time zone difference. July in Detroit sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Dearborn, Detroit Zoo, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

2
nights
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): walk around Wilkommen Park, steep yourself in history at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, get some fabulous bargains at Birch Run Premium Outlets, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally examine the collection at Frankenmuth Lager Mill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, then take in nature's colorful creations at Dow Gardens, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bay City State Recreation Area.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Frankenmuth road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Detroit to Frankenmuth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Detroit in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Frankenmuth, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Muskegon.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, Dow Gardens, Birch Run Premium Outlets, Bay City State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Dow Gardens ©
Dow Gardens

1
night
Muskegon

Muskegon ©
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. Lake Express has been added to your itinerary. On the 30th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Michigan's Adventure and then catch all the local highlights with Lake Express.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Muskegon itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Muskegon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Empire.

Things to do in Muskegon

Theme Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Lake Express ©
Lake Express
Michigan's Adventure ©
Michigan's Adventure

1
night
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, admire all the interesting features of Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Empire trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Muskegon to Empire takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Muskegon in July, plan for little chillier days in Empire, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Point Betsie Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 1st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Biddle House, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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 take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island tour planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Empire to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. July in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

1
night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. On the 3rd (Sat), examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read our Paradise trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Mackinac Island in August since evenings lows in Paradise dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Whitefish Point Light ©
Whitefish Point Light

3
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, look for gifts at UP-Scale Art, and then identify plant and animal life at Oswald's Bear Ranch.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Munising trip planner .

You can drive from Paradise to Munising in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Munising are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Oswald's Bear Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Oswald's Bear Ranch ©
Oswald's Bear Ranch

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