15 days in Michigan Itinerary

15 days in Michigan Itinerary

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15 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Dubuque
Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Detroit
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Dearborn
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Grand Haven
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Empire
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 45​min
5
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Hancock
— Few hours
fly:  30​min
8
Isle Royale National Park
— 2 nights
fly:  30​min
9
Hancock
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Dubuque

2
nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Detroit Historical Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, see the interesting displays at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then head off the coast to Belle Isle Park, and finally take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Detroit journey planner.

Dubuque to Detroit is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubuque to Detroit. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Dearborn.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Room Escape Games
Highlights from your plan
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Motown Museum ©
Motown Museum
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant ©
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

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 21st (Sun): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall, contemplate the long history of Franklin Cider Mill, see the interesting displays at Automotive Hall of Fame, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and finally see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dearborn day trip website .

Dearborn is very close to Detroit. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Mon) before leaving for Grand Haven.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall, Zap Zone, Heritage Park, Franklin Cider Mill
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Franklin Cider Mill ©
Franklin Cider Mill

2
nights
Grand Haven

Grand Haven ©
Grand Haven is a city in the U.S. On the 22nd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Oval Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ninth Street Christian Reformed Church, then kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach, and finally enjoy the sea views from Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Grand Haven State Park, get interesting insight from Tours, then see the interesting displays at USS Silversides Submarine Museum, and finally find something for the whole family at Michigan's Adventure.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Haven itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Dearborn to Grand Haven takes 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Grand Haven are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Wed) before leaving for Empire.

Things to do in Grand Haven

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Holland, Muskegon, Oval Beach
Highlights from your plan
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier ©
Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier

2
nights
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, then stroll through Empire Bluff Trail, and then kick back and relax at Lake Michigan Beach Park. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, kick back and relax at Elberta Beach, then shop like a local with Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery, then enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Lake Ann Brewing Company.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Empire online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Grand Haven to Empire in 3 hours. When traveling from Grand Haven in July, plan for slightly colder days in Empire, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Frankfort, Elberta Beach, Lake Ann Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse
Lake Ann Brewing Company ©
Lake Ann Brewing Company

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fort Mackinac and St Anne's Catholic Church. Step out of the city life by going to Arch Rock and The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, and contemplate the long history of Biddle House.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island tour itinerary maker site .

Getting from Empire to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Munising route maker site .

Getting from Mackinac Island to Munising by combination of ferry, bus, and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Munising are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hancock.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Wagner Falls ©
Wagner Falls

few
hours
Hancock

Hancock ©
Hancock is a city in Houghton County, Michigan, United States and is located on Copper Island, which is part of the Keweenaw Peninsula, on the Keweenaw Waterway directly opposite Houghton, Michigan. On the 30th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Quincy Mine, then hike along McLain State Park, and then stop by Copper World.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hancock trip maker .

Traveling by car from Munising to Hancock takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Hancock can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Isle Royale National Park.

Things to do in Hancock

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Copper World
Highlights from your plan
Quincy Mine ©
Quincy Mine
McLain State Park ©
McLain State Park
Copper World ©
Copper World

2
nights
Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale National Park ©
Isolated by its location in the northern reaches of Lake Superior, Isle Royale National Park treats its visitors to a wilderness of second-growth forests, clear lakes, and rugged coastline inhabited by moose, wolves, otters, and foxes.
On the next day, stroll through Greenstone Ridge Trail, learn more about the world around you at Pete Edisen Fishery, enjoy the sea views from Rock Island Lighthouse, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Scoville Point, and finally take a stroll through Rock Harbor.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Isle Royale National Park road trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hancock to Isle Royale National Park. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hancock in July since evenings lows in Isle Royale National Park dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Hancock.

Things to do in Isle Royale National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scoville Point ©
Scoville Point
Rock Island Lighthouse ©
Rock Island Lighthouse
Lookout Louise ©
Lookout Louise

few
hours
Hancock

Hancock
For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hancock trip itinerary builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Isle Royale National Park to Hancock. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Isle Royale National Park in August since evenings lows in Hancock dip to 55°F. You will leave for home on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Hancock

Parks Outdoors Nature

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