13 days in Michigan Itinerary

13 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Detroit
— 3 nights
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit

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Detroit

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ann Arbor (Law Quadrangle & Matthaei Botanical Gardens) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Ypsilanti). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and stroll around Beacon Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Detroit trip itinerary builder app.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Detroit. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, then brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, then stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Frankenmuth trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Detroit to Frankenmuth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. In May in Frankenmuth, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Museums

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Grand Rapids

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.
Explore Grand Rapids' surroundings by going to Holland (Centennial Park, Windmill Island Gardens, &more) and Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners). There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids road trip planning website.

Drive from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

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Traverse City

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
Take a break from Traverse City with a short trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, make a trip to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Plan my trip to Traverse City with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Grand Rapids in May since evenings lows in Traverse City dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then admire all the interesting features of Fort Mackinac, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in May, you will find days in Mackinac Island are a bit cooler (58°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

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.