14 days in Michigan Itinerary

14 days in Michigan Itinerary

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14 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  7​h 45​min
1
Munising
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Bus + Ferry:  6​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Empire
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Mears
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Saint Joseph
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Dearborn
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls and then identify plant and animal life at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Sand Point Beach, get engrossed in the history at Alger County Heritage Center, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Munising trip planner .

New York City to Munising is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from New York City in August, expect Munising to be slightly colder, temps between 74°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 19th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, explore the galleries of Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally contemplate the long history of Trinity Church. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

2
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and then explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Platte Point Beach, look for gifts at The Cottage Book Shop, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lake Michigan Beach Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Empire online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Empire takes 5 hours. August in Empire sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mears.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Platte Point Beach, The Cottage Book Shop
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
The Cottage Book Shop ©
The Cottage Book Shop

3
nights
Mears

Mears ©
Golden Township is a civil township of Oceana County in the U.S. Attractions like Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access and Stearns Park make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Mears: Ludington State Park (in Ludington) and Pere Marquette Park (in Muskegon). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Michigan's Adventure, relax in the rural setting at Country Dairy, visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mears vacation site .

Drive from Empire to Mears in 2 hours. In August in Mears, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Mears

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ludington, Muskegon, New Era, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access
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Michigan's Adventure ©
Michigan's Adventure
Off-Road Tours

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.
On the 26th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Holland State Park Beach, admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oval Beach, and then pick up some local products at Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids trip maker tool .

You can drive from Mears to Grand Rapids in 1.5 hours. In August in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Holland, Oval Beach, Gilmore Car Museum
Highlights from your plan
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach

1
night
Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph ©
St. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Warren Dunes State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Beach County Park, then make a trip to Whirlpool Compass Fountain, and finally find something for the whole family at Silver Beach Carousel.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Joseph online travel planner .

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Saint Joseph in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Warren Dunes State Park
Highlights from your plan
Silver Beach Carousel ©
Silver Beach Carousel
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
Whirlpool Compass Fountain ©
Whirlpool Compass Fountain

1
night
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 29th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally contemplate the long history of Motown Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Dearborn tour itinerary builder website .

Drive from Saint Joseph to Dearborn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Dearborn sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums 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

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