15 days in Michigan Itinerary

15 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan travel planner

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Fly to Marquette, Taxi to Munising
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Munising
— 2 nights
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Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Detroit
— 3 nights
Fly

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Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, then take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Munising road trip tool.

Orlando to Munising is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Orlando in May, expect Munising to be much colder, temps between 59°F and 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 11th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Mission Church, look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, make a trip to Fort Holmes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, and finally add some adventure to your tour with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island route planner.

You can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in May, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Traverse City

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore & Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive). There's lots more to do: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City holiday planner.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 5 hours. While traveling from Mackinac Island, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Traverse City, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Grand Rapids

— 3 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.
Explore Grand Rapids' surroundings by going to Holland (Centennial Park, Windmill Island Gardens, &more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, walk around Hudsonville Nature Center, and admire the striking features of Meyer May House.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids tour itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Traverse City in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Grand Rapids, with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Theme Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, then brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, then stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Frankenmuth journey planning app.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Frankenmuth are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

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.
Detroit is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront, walk around Beacon Park, and admire the landmark architecture of The Guardian Building.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Detroit online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Detroit takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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.