14 days in Michigan Itinerary

14 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Fly
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Detroit
— 1 night
Drive
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Ann Arbor
— 1 night
Drive
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Lansing
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive
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Holland
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
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Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Engadine, Bus to Marquette
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Marquette
— 2 nights
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Isle Royale National Park
— 1 night
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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 1st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, then contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Detroit vacation planning site.

Philadelphia to Detroit is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 64°F in Detroit. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Mon) before leaving for Ann Arbor.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites

Ann Arbor

— 1 night
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, then trek along Parker Mill Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nickels Arcade.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ann Arbor trip planner.

You can drive from Detroit to Ann Arbor in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit in August, Ann Arbor is little chillier at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lansing.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Lansing

— 1 night
Lansing is the capital of the US state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Michigan History Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at Carl G. Fenner Nature Center.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lansing online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ann Arbor to Lansing takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lansing are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Lansing

Shopping · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trip

Grand Rapids

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Cascade Peace Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Grand Rapids trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Lansing to Grand Rapids by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Holland.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Holland

— 1 night
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Holland sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Holland in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Holland

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
On the 7th (Sat), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To find out how to plan a trip to Traverse City, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Holland to Traverse City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, get the lay of the land with Fort Mackinac, then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, then contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island day trip tool.

Getting from Traverse City to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in August, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Marquette.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Marquette

— 2 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. On the 11th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Lakenenland Sculpture Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, and then walk around Presque Isle Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Marquette trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus from Mackinac Island to Marquette in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and flight. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Mackinac Island in August since evenings lows in Marquette dip to 53°F. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Isle Royale National Park.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Isle Royale National Park

— 1 night
Isolated by its location in the northern reaches of Lake Superior, Isle Royale National Park treats its visitors to a wilderness of second-growth forests, clear lakes, and rugged coastline inhabited by moose, wolves, otters, and foxes.
To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Isle Royale National Park trip builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Marquette to Isle Royale National Park. Traveling from Marquette in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 48°F in Isle Royale National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Isle Royale National Park

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.