14 days in Michigan Itinerary

14 days in Michigan Itinerary

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14 days in Michigan Itinerary

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

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.
Gilmore Car Museum and Fenn Valley Vineyards are good opportunities to explore the local culture. We've included these beaches for you: Oval Beach and Holland State Park Beach. Explore Grand Rapids' surroundings by going to Pere Marquette Park (in Muskegon) and Holland Farmers Market (in Holland). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew, and delve into the lush surroundings at Cascade Peace Park.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Grand Rapids driving holiday planning site .

Chicago to Grand Rapids is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Grand Rapids. Traveling from Chicago in July, plan for little chillier nights in Grand Rapids, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Holland, Gilmore Car Museum, Pere Marquette Park, Cascade Peace Park, Fenn Valley Vineyards
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Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach

2
nights
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. On the 15th (Mon), browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, and finally revel in the low prices at Birch Run Premium Outlets. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at St. Julians Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Shiawassee Arts Center, then identify plant and animal life at Seven Ponds Nature Center, and finally walk around Wilkommen Park.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Frankenmuth online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Frankenmuth, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dearborn.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Birch Run Premium Outlets, Shiawassee Arts Center, Seven Ponds Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Seven Ponds Nature Center ©
Seven Ponds Nature Center
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops

1
night
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): view the masterpieces at The Heidelberg Project, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and finally examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dearborn trip website .

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Dearborn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in Dearborn sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Detroit
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Fayette Historic State Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access and Stearns Park. When in Traverse City, make a side trip to see Little Traverse Wheelway in Petoskey, approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Front Street, look for gifts at American Spoon, learn about winemaking at Left Foot Charley Winery, and enjoy the sea views from Old Mission Lighthouse.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City day trip app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Dearborn to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Dearborn in July since evenings lows in Traverse City dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Fayette Historic State Park, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Stearns Park, Little Traverse Wheelway
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then browse the exhibits of Fort Mackinac, and finally stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): play a few rounds at Jewel Golf Course, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, and finally contemplate the long history of Trinity Church.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 4.5 hours. While traveling from Traverse City, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Golf
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
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. On the 24th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach, then admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Munising trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) 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
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach

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