14 days in Michigan Itinerary

14 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan sightseeing planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Detroit
— 1 night
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Unknown
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to New York City

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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 9th (Sat): examine the collection at Greenfield Village, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then examine the collection at Motown Museum. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and then pause for some photo ops at Michigan Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Detroit holiday maker site.

New York City to Detroit is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in October: high temperatures in Detroit hover around 63°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Frankenmuth attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Detroit to Frankenmuth takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Detroit in October, Frankenmuth is little chillier at night with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping · Tours · Outdoors

Grand Rapids

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Rapids: Stony Lake Stables (in New Era), Gene the Pumpkin Man (in Kalamazoo) and Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Meyer May House.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Grand Rapids day trip website.

Getting from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): stroll through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, and then steep yourself in history at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Traverse City trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and then explore the activities along Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring).

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Munising trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Traverse City to Munising by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Munising are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Ontonagon

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls and then explore the activities along Presque Isle River. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Overlook and then admire the majestic nature at Porcupine Mountains State Park.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ontonagon travel route planner.

You can drive from Munising to Ontonagon in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ontonagon are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 21st (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, take in the local highlights with Fort Mackinac, and then discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ontonagon to Mackinac Island. In October, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Tours · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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.