15 days in Michigan Itinerary

15 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan vacation planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Detroit
— 1 night
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
5
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
— 4 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Indianapolis

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Detroit — 1 night

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
You've added Back to the Wild, Great Lakes Zoological Society, Cranbrook House and Gardens, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): witness the site of a historic battle at Fort Meigs Ohio's War of 1812 Battlefield, head outdoors with Miami Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Belle Isle Aquarium, then hike along Paint Creek Trail, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Indian Creek Zoo. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Back to the Wild, get to know the resident critters at Great Lakes Zoological Society, then get engrossed in the history at Detroit Historical Museum, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Detroit Zoo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Detroit online journey builder.

Indianapolis to Detroit is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Indianapolis in September, expect nights in Detroit to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are little chillier, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Frankenmuth.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

Frankenmuth — 1 night

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 5th (Sun), look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, see where the action happens at Crisler Center, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Frankenmuth sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Detroit to Frankenmuth in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Detroit in September since evenings lows in Frankenmuth dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping
Side Trip

Grand Rapids — 3 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and John Ball Zoo. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Rapids side-trips: Stony Lake Stables (in New Era), Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids trip maker website.

Drive from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In September in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Traverse City.
Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Traverse City — 2 nights

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 9th (Thu): stop by Light of Day Organics, explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and then trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Mission Point Lighthouse, explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Traverse City road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Mackinac Island — 3 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Arch Rock and Fort Mackinac. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, and make a trip to Trinity Church.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in September, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.
Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

Munising — 4 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Attractions like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Wagner Falls make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Chapel Rock and Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Munising online itinerary planner.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Munising by combination of ferry, bus, and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In September in Munising, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
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.