15 days in Michigan Itinerary

15 days in Michigan Itinerary

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15 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Drive:  26​h
1
Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Traverse City
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h
3
Detroit
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

4
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.
Gilmore Car Museum and Fenn Valley Vineyards are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Holland State Park Beach and Oval Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Rapids: Ninth Street Christian Reformed Church (in Holland) and Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, identify plant and animal life at Millennium Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Cascade Peace Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Grand Rapids trip itinerary planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Grand Rapids is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Brisbane to Grand Rapids. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Brisbane in October, with highs in Grand Rapids at 20°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Holland, Saugatuck, Cascade Peace Park, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, Gilmore Car Museum
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Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach

4
nights
Traverse City

Traverse City ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Fayette Historic State Park. Cross In The Woods National Shrine and Historical Village Fayette Park will appeal to history buffs. Explore Traverse City's surroundings by going to Empire Bluff Trail (in Empire), Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery (in Alanson) and Little Traverse Wheelway (in Petoskey). It doesn't end there: grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and do a tasting at Blustone Vineyards.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Traverse City online road trip planner .

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Traverse City are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Garden, Empire, Cross In The Woods National Shrine, Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery, Longview Winery
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Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Henry Ford and Motown Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Island Lake State Recreation Area and Oakwood Metropark Nature Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Paint Creek Trail (in Rochester), EpIQ Escapes (in Jackson) and Yates Cider Mill (in Rochester Hills). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, identify plant and animal life at Crosswinds Marsh, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St. Mary's Church, and see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Detroit road trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Traverse City to Detroit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. You will leave for home on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Detroit

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

New Boston, Dearborn, Island Lake State Recreation Area, Paint Creek Trail, Yates Cider Mill
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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