13 days in Michigan Itinerary

13 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan planner

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Dearborn
— 4 nights
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 3 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marquette
— 3 nights
Fly

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Dearborn

— 4 nights
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dearborn: Luna Pier Boardwalk (in Luna Pier), The Norma Stark Memory Garden and Labyrinth (in Perrysburg) and Toledo (Toledo Zoo, Hollywood Casino Toledo, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Greenfield Village, make a trip to University of Michigan, have fun and explore at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and explore the venue of Hill Auditorium.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dearborn trip itinerary builder app.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiports are Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Bishop International Airport, Toledo Express Airport, Oakland County International Airport and St Clair County International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Dearborn can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Parks · Casinos · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Frankenmuth

— 3 nights
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 1st (Fri), brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, explore the fascinating landscape at Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus, then take an in-depth tour of Frankenmuth Historical Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Frankenmuth Lager Mill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): get some fabulous bargains at Birch Run Premium Outlets, buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, then do a tasting at St. Julian Winery, and finally walk around Wilkommen Park.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Frankenmuth travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Dearborn to Frankenmuth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Frankenmuth are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

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.
On the 3rd (Sun), learn about winemaking at Peninsula Cellars. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then wander the streets of Front Street, and then take in the waterfront at Boardman River Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Traverse City trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Traverse City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Traverse City

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Marquette

— 3 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, then admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Marquette. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, then take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, and finally stop by UP-Scale Art.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Marquette online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Marquette takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Traverse City in January: high temperatures in Marquette hover around -6°C and lows are around -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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.