15 days in Detroit, Mackinac Island & Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve Itinerary

15 days in Detroit, Mackinac Island & Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve Itinerary

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Detroit
— 5 nights
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 5 nights
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
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Drive to San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman Field, Fly to Pittsburgh

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Detroit — 5 nights

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Detroit: Cedar Point (in Sandusky), Toledo (Toledo Zoo & Toledo Museum of Art) and Frankenmuth (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Bronner's Christmas Wonderland). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, walk around Elizabeth Park, and explore the galleries of Motown Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Detroit road trip tool.

Pittsburgh to Detroit is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.
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Mackinac Island — 5 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, relax and rejuvenate at Lilac Tree Spa, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Detroit to Mackinac Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Detroit in May, things will get slightly colder in Mackinac Island: highs are around 58°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve — 3 nights

Go for a jaunt from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Gardner to see Mission: Wolf about 1h 5 min away.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mackinac Island to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. The time zone difference when traveling from Mackinac Island to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Mackinac Island in May, you will find days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve are somewhat warmer (67°F), and nights are a bit cooler (32°F). On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel back home.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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