15 days in Michigan Itinerary

15 days in Michigan Itinerary

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15 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Saint Joseph
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Mears
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Ann Arbor
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + taxi + bus + ferry:  6​h
5
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
+2
ferry + bus + Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Munising
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph ©
St. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Weko Park and then admire the majestic nature at Warren Dunes State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): have fun and explore at Curious Kids' Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Beach County Park, then stroll around Whirlpool Compass Fountain, and finally find something for the whole family at Silver Beach Carousel.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Saint Joseph day trip planning site .

Chicago to Saint Joseph is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, Saint Joseph is little chillier at night with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mears.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Bridgman
Highlights from your plan
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
Silver Beach Carousel ©
Silver Beach Carousel
Whirlpool Compass Fountain ©
Whirlpool Compass Fountain

3
nights
Mears

Mears ©
Golden Township is a civil township of Oceana County in the U.S. Kids will appreciate attractions like Silver Lake State Park and Stearns Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Muskegon (Pere Marquette Park & The Monet Garden of Muskegon). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Michigan's Adventure, admire the majestic nature at Silver Lake State Park, ride a horse along Rainbow Ranch, and enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mears road trip planning website .

You can drive from Saint Joseph to Mears in 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saint Joseph in June: high temperatures in Mears hover around 73°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Mears

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Muskegon, Ludington, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, Rainbow Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Michigan's Adventure ©
Michigan's Adventure
Little Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Little Sable Point Lighthouse

3
nights
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Holland State Park Beach and John Ball Zoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Rapids: Holland (Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market & Nelis' Dutch Village), Oval Beach (in Saugatuck) and Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park (in Alto). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids online road trip planner .

Getting from Mears to Grand Rapids by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mears in June; daily highs in Grand Rapids reach 79°F and lows reach 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ann Arbor.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Holland, Oval Beach, Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
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Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park ©
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park

3
nights
Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor ©
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. Attractions like Detroit Zoo and Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ann Arbor: Seymour Lake Township Park (in Oxford), Dearborn (The Henry Ford & Greenfield Village) and Detroit Institute of Arts (in Detroit). There's still lots to do: partake in some friendly competition at Decode Ann Arbor, stroll the grounds of Michigan War Dog Memorial, get to know the resident critters at Indian Creek Zoo, and stroll around Kellogg Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ann Arbor road trip planning tool .

Drive from Grand Rapids to Ann Arbor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Ann Arbor are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Dearborn, Seymour Lake Township Park, Detroit Zoo, Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan War Dog Memorial
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Zoo ©
Detroit Zoo
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum ©
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jack's Livery Stable. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and then identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with Jack's Livery Stable, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and then identify plant and animal life at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island online route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Ann Arbor to Mackinac Island takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Ann Arbor in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Mackinac Island, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

1
night
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 18th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Munising travel route website .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. June in Munising sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach

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