13 days in Michigan Itinerary

13 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Detroit
— 1 night
2
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
3
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
4
Ludington
— 2 nights
5
Traverse City
— 2 nights
6
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
7
Munising
— 1 night

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): examine the collection at Greenfield Village, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, thenbrowse 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 fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Detroit can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dearborn, The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall, Island Lake State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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night
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. 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, thenexplore 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 2 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 °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Michigan Heroes Museum ©
Michigan Heroes Museum

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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.
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, thenadmire 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 °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Water Street Gallery, Oval Beach, Gilmore Car Museum, Holland State Park Beach
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach

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nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
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, thenlook 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, thenenjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, thencontemplate 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 °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Highlights from your plan
Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access ©
Wisconsin Maritime Museum ©
Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse

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nights
Traverse City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stroll through Clinch Park, wander the streets of Front Street, stop by American Spoon, thenbuy 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, thendon't miss a visit to Mission Point Lighthouse, thenlearn 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 taxi and bus. July in Traverse City sees daily highs of °F and lows of °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

Side Trips

Good Harbor Vineyards, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Highlights from your plan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, thenexpand your understanding of the military at 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, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, thenidentify 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 bus 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 °F to lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

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

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach
Upper Peninsula Inspired ©
Upper Peninsula Inspired

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