15 days in Michigan Itinerary

15 days in Michigan Itinerary

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15 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Tallahassee
Fly + taxi:  5​h
1
Frankenmuth
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Saugatuck
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hart
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Empire
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 45​min
5
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Munising
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Dearborn
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Tallahassee

2
nights
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Head to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland and Birch Run Premium Outletsfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shiawassee Arts Center and Great Lakes National Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Frankenmuth: Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (in Auburn Hills), Miner's Beach (in Shingleton) and Paint Creek Trail (in Rochester). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Frankenmuth travel route builder site .

Tallahassee to Frankenmuth is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tallahassee in July, with highs in Frankenmuth at 80°F and lows at 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saugatuck.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Birch Run Premium Outlets, Great Lakes National Cemetery, Paint Creek Trail, Miner's Beach, Shiawassee Arts Center
Highlights from your plan
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Shiawassee Arts Center ©
Shiawassee Arts Center

2
nights
Saugatuck

Saugatuck ©
Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. On the 20th (Sat), steep yourself in history at USS LST 393, enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at South Haven Lighthouses. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Oval Beach, look for gifts at The Pink Patio, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pere Marquette Park.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Saugatuck trip planner .

Getting from Frankenmuth to Saugatuck by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July in Saugatuck, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Hart.

Things to do in Saugatuck

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Muskegon, Holland State Park Beach, South Haven Lighthouses
Highlights from your plan
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
South Haven Lighthouses ©
South Haven Lighthouses

1
night
Hart

Hart ©
Hart is a city in the U.S. On the 22nd (Mon), stop by The Jam Farm, enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park, and finally learn about winemaking at The Fox Barn Winery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hart trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Saugatuck to Hart takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Saugatuck, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hart, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Hart

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Fox Barn Winery, The Jam Farm, Little Sable Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Little Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Little Sable Point Lighthouse
The Fox Barn Winery ©
The Fox Barn Winery

2
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, tour the pleasant surroundings at Empire Bluff Trail, and then take in the exciting artwork at Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lake Michigan Beach Park.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Empire road trip planning site .

Drive from Hart to Empire in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Empire can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Frankfort
Highlights from your plan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

3
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Fort Mackinac and St Anne's Catholic Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Fort Holmes and Round Island Lighthouse for their historical value. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, don't miss a visit to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Empire to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. July in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Miners Castle Rock. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) (in Manistique) and Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls and stop by UP-Scale Art.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Munising trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), Fayette Historic State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls

1
night
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): examine the collection at Motown Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and finally examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Dearborn planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Dearborn in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Munising in July, with highs in Dearborn at 82°F and lows at 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Detroit
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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