13 days in Michigan Itinerary

13 days in Michigan Itinerary

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13 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Drive:  3​h
1
Detroit
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Traverse City
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
6
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Munising
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Cleveland

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Thu), examine the collection at Greenfield Village, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall, and finally steep yourself in history at Motown Museum. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Island Lake State Recreation Area, explore and take pictures at Comerica Park, and then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts.

For where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Detroit online day trip planner .

Cleveland to Detroit is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Detroit can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Outdoors Trails

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

1
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, brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then admire nature's extreme beauty at Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus, and finally get engrossed in the history at Frankenmuth Historical Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Frankenmuth road trip site .

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, Frankenmuth is a bit cooler at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Museums Nature
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

2
nights
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), tour the pleasant surroundings at Oval Beach, then view the masterpieces at Water Street Gallery, and then see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and then kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Grand Rapids online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Wisconsin Maritime Museum, explore the activities along Pere Marquette River, visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, then stop by The Jam Farm, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Stearns Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Father Jacques Marquette Shrine, and finally walk around Ludington Waterfront Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ludington tour itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Ludington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Grand Rapids, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ludington, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Clinch Park, take a stroll through Front Street, look for gifts at American Spoon, then browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Higher Art Gallery. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Dennos Museum Center, then enjoy the sea views from Old Mission Lighthouse, then learn about winemaking at Good Harbor Vineyards, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip maker website .

Getting from Ludington to Traverse City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough 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
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick 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 learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): stop by Island House Bike Shop, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, then identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally enjoy the sea views from Round Island Lighthouse.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Traverse City in July: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to 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

1
night
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Upper Peninsula Inspired, then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, and then kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Munising trip maker site .

Getting from Mackinac Island to Munising by combination of ferry, bus, and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In July in Munising, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to 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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