15 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 1 night
— 3 nights
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Grand Rapids
— 4 nights


Frankenmuth — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, examine the collection at Frankenmuth Lager Mill, and then stroll around Wilkommen Park. On the next day, get outside with Outdoor Activities, learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, then stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Lafayette to Frankenmuth is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Lafayette to Frankenmuth is 1 hour. Traveling from Lafayette in May, things will get a bit cooler in Frankenmuth: highs are around 70°F and lows about 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dearborn.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

Dearborn — 3 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dearborn: Ann Arbor (Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Law Quadrangle). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront, step off the mainland to explore Belle Isle Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Islamic Center of America.

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You can drive from Frankenmuth to Dearborn in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Mackinac Island — 3 nights

Mackinac Island is known for nature, historic sites, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, pick up some new knowledge with Forge a Memory, don't miss a visit to Sugar Loaf, and immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

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You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Dearborn to Mackinac Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dearborn in May: high temperatures in Mackinac Island hover around 58°F and lows are around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Traverse City.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Traverse City — 3 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

Step out of Traverse City to go to Empire and see Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, do a tasting at Mari Vineyards, tour the pleasant surroundings at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and don't miss a visit to Mission Point Lighthouse.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City takes 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Rapids.
Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature
Side Trip

Grand Rapids — 4 nights

Furniture City

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Rapids: Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners), Holland (Centennial Park, Windmill Island Gardens, &more) and Bell's Comstock Brewery (in Galesburg). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, identify plant and animal life at Hudsonville Nature Center, steep yourself in history at Meyer May House, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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You can drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Traverse City in May since evenings lows in Grand Rapids dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

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.