13 days in Michigan Itinerary

13 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan sightseeing planner

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Make it your trip
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Detroit
— 1 night
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
— 1 night
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Cleveland

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Detroit

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): examine the collection at Greenfield Village, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then browse for treasures at The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall, and finally contemplate the long history of Motown Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Island Lake State Recreation Area, see where the action happens at Comerica Park, and then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Detroit trip website.

Cleveland to Detroit is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Detroit can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then explore the fascinating landscape at Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus, and finally take an in-depth tour of Frankenmuth Historical Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Frankenmuth online journey planner.

You can drive from Detroit to Frankenmuth in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Detroit in July since evenings lows in Frankenmuth dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Grand Rapids

— 2 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.
On the 7th (Sun), stroll through Oval Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Water Street Gallery, and then examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and then stroll through Holland State Park Beach.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In July, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Ludington

— 2 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Pere Marquette River as well as Wisconsin Maritime Museum. On the 9th (Tue), brush up on your military savvy at Wisconsin Maritime Museum, explore the activities along Pere Marquette River, enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, then look for gifts at The Jam Farm, and finally enjoy the sea views from Ludington North Breakwater Light. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, then enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Father Jacques Marquette Shrine, and finally walk around Ludington Waterfront Park.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ludington trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Ludington in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Grand Rapids in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ludington: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stroll through Clinch Park, wander the streets of Front Street, stop by American Spoon, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and finally have fun at Higher Art Gallery. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Dennos Museum Center, then don't miss a visit to Mission Point Lighthouse, then learn about winemaking at Good Harbor Vineyards, and finally explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ludington to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Traverse City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then admire all the interesting features of Fort Mackinac, and finally admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Keep things going the next day: stop by Island House Bike Shop, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. While traveling from Traverse City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Munising

— 1 night
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On your second day here, stop by Upper Peninsula Inspired, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Munising trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

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.