14 days in Michigan Itinerary

14 days in Michigan Itinerary

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14 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Dearborn
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Empire
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 45​min
5
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h
6
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Munising
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Des Moines

1
night
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): examine the collection at The Henry Ford and then browse for treasures at The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Kellogg Park, partake in some friendly competition at Decode Ann Arbor, explore the galleries of Motown Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dearborn itinerary planner .

Des Moines to Dearborn is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Detroit, Decode Ann Arbor, Kellogg Park, The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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 21st (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Holland State Park Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum, then stroll through Oval Beach, and then appreciate the history behind Leonardo da Vinci's Horse.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids trip maker website .

You can drive from Dearborn to Grand Rapids in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In July in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Little Sable Point Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then experience rural life at Country Dairy. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park, immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park, and then stroll around Stearns Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ludington online visit planner .

Drive from Grand Rapids to Ludington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Grand Rapids, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ludington, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Empire.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Country Dairy, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, Little Sable Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Little Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Little Sable Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Lake Michigan Beach Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Empire Bluff Trail, cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lake Ann Brewing Company.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Empire trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ludington to Empire takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Empire can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Ann Brewing Company, Point Betsie Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Lake Ann Brewing Company ©
Lake Ann Brewing Company

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 27th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then expand your understanding of the military at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island vacation maker app .

Getting from Empire to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

1
night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paradise tour planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Mackinac Island in July since evenings lows in Paradise dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

3
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden) and Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, explore and take pictures at Autrain Falls, putt your heart out at Miners Falls Mini Golf, and admire the sheer force of Munising Falls.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Munising journey planner.

You can drive from Paradise to Munising in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Manistique, Fayette Historic State Park, Autrain Falls
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)

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