13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Milwaukee
— 2 nights
Ferry
2
Muskegon
— 1 night
Drive
3
Dearborn
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Detroit
— 2 nights
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
5
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Mackinaw City
— 1 night
Drive
7
Sturgeon Bay
— 2 nights
Drive

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Milwaukee

— 2 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Milwaukee is known for museums, breweries & distilleries, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Harley-Davidson Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at MobCraft Beer, take in nature's colorful creations at Boerner Botanical Gardens, and admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Milwaukee sightseeing planning site.

Cedar Falls to Milwaukee is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Milwaukee can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Muskegon.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muskegon

— 1 night
Muskegon is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, and is the largest populated city on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take a leisurely stroll along Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier and then contemplate the long history of Hackley and Hume Historic Site.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Muskegon road trip planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Milwaukee to Muskegon in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Dearborn.

Things to do in Muskegon

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dearborn

— 2 nights
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford and then see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Franklin Cider Mill and then don't miss a visit to University of Michigan.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Dearborn tour website.

Traveling by flight from Muskegon to Dearborn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Detroit

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Michigan Soldiers and Sailors Monument, admire the landmark architecture of The Guardian Building, and then take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Detroit trip itinerary tool.

Detroit is very close to Dearborn. In October, daytime highs in Detroit are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, take an in-depth tour of Fort Mackinac, and then discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Detroit to Mackinac Island in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Detroit in October; daily highs in Mackinac Island reach 55°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Tours · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Mackinaw City

— 1 night
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 23rd (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mackinaw City trip planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City in an hour. In October in Mackinaw City, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sturgeon Bay.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Sturgeon Bay

— 2 nights
Sturgeon Bay is a city in and the county seat of Door County, Wisconsin, United States. On the 24th (Sun), get a taste of the local shopping with Lautenbach's Orchard Country, then learn about winemaking at Stone's Throw Winery, and then walk around Cave Point County Park. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Peninsula State Park and then learn about winemaking at Door Peninsula Winery.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sturgeon Bay online route planner.

You can drive from Mackinaw City to Sturgeon Bay in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Mackinaw City to Sturgeon Bay is minus 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Sturgeon Bay are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sturgeon Bay

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Door County travel guide

4.4
Wineries & Vineyards · State Parks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Door County owes its status as a top Midwest vacation destination to its 480 km (300 mi) of shoreline along Lake Michigan. Coupled with five scenic state parks, 11 lighthouses, and 80 cultural venues, the natural scenery dominates here. The region hosts several museums, theaters, and art galleries. Art classes and workshops serve as big draws throughout the year, while live music and plays fill the entertainment schedule.