15 days in Michigan Itinerary

15 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan travel planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Detroit
— 3 nights
Drive
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Flint
— 3 nights
Drive to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Fly to Sawyer International Airport
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Marquette
— 2 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive
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Midland
— 1 night
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Detroit

— 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Detroit: Meadow Brook Hall (in Rochester), Kellogg Park (in Plymouth) and Decode Ypsilanti (in Ypsilanti). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, look for gifts at Shinola Bicycles, and see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Detroit road trip planning website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Detroit is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 9 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in December; daily highs in Detroit reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Flint.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Flint

— 3 nights
Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County, Michigan. Change things up with these side-trips from Flint: Frankenmuth (Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Frankenmuth Lager Mill, &more) and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (in Auburn Hills). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, revel in the low prices at Birch Run Premium Outlets, contemplate the long history of Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, and make a trip to Linden Mills.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Flint holiday planning website.

Drive from Detroit to Flint in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Flint are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Marquette.

Things to do in Flint

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Marquette

— 2 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hogback Mountain, take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, then stroll around Presque Isle Park, and finally experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Open Wings Pottery & Gallery, then take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, then take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marquette online visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Flint to Marquette with the Route module. Traveling from Flint in December, expect Marquette to be slightly colder, temps between -3°C and -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at American Spoon, wander the streets of Front Street, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Traverse City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marquette to Traverse City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Marquette in December, with highs in Traverse City at 1°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look and learn at Grand Rapids Public Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and then pause for some photo ops at Leonardo da Vinci's Horse. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Kalamazoo Valley Museum, then examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum, then examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Grand Rapids tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Midland.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Midland

— 1 night
Midland is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan in the Tri-Cities region of Central Michigan. Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Alden Dow Home and Studio, admire the natural beauty at Dow Gardens, then hike along Chippewa Nature Center, and finally revel in the low prices at Williams Cheese Factory Outlet.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Midland trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Midland takes 2 hours. December in Midland sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Midland

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.