14 days in Michigan Itinerary

14 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Traverse City
— 4 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
— 1 night
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Chicago O'Hare


Grand Rapids

— 2 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 get in some beach time at Oval Beach and Holland State Park Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Pere Marquette Park and Cascade Peace Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Holland Farmers Market (in Holland), Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and Fenn Valley Vineyards (in Fennville). It doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Andrew.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids trip itinerary planning site.

Chicago to Grand Rapids is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, Grand Rapids is slightly colder at night with lows of 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 · Museums

Side Trips


— 2 nights
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Birch Run Premium Outlets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at St. Julian Winery, then view the masterpieces at Shiawassee Arts Center, then identify plant and animal life at Seven Ponds Nature Center, and finally walk around Wilkommen Park.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Frankenmuth trip itinerary app.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dearborn.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips


— 1 night
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, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and finally see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dearborn journey planner.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Dearborn in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and 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) to allow time to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Traverse City

— 4 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access and Stearns Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Fayette Historic State Park. Step out of Traverse City to go to Petoskey and see Little Traverse Wheelway, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Front Street, visit a coastal fixture at Mission Point Lighthouse, look for gifts at American Spoon, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Traverse City holiday maker.

Fly from Dearborn to Traverse City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler 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) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 22nd (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and finally look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): tee off at Jewel Golf Course, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island visit site.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in July, you will find days in Mackinac Island are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors


— 1 night
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 24th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Sand Point Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Munising trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Munising are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Michigan travel guide

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.