16 days in Michigan, Chicago & Milwaukee Itinerary

16 days in Michigan, Chicago & Milwaukee Itinerary

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Drive
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Dearborn
— 2 nights
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Fly
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Chicago
— 3 nights
Drive
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Milwaukee
— 2 nights
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Dearborn — 2 nights

Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Motown Museum, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village.

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Washington to Dearborn is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. In June, daytime highs in Dearborn are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.
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Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

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Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Dearborn to Mackinac Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dearborn in June; daily highs in Mackinac Island reach 67°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Traverse City.
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Traverse City — 3 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.
Attractions like Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Boat Tours & Water Sports make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Empire (Empire Bluff Trail & Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive). The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, experience rural life at Light of Day Organics, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

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Getting from Mackinac Island to Traverse City by combination of ferry and bus takes about 5 hours. When traveling from Mackinac Island in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Traverse City: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum and then admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach and then kick back and relax at Oval Beach.

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Getting from Traverse City to Grand Rapids by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Chicago.
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Chicago — 3 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Attractions like The Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, try out the rides at Navy Pier, and admire the striking features of Reliance Building.

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Traveling by flight from Grand Rapids to Chicago takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Rapids to Chicago is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Rapids in July, Chicago is a bit warmer at night with lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Milwaukee.
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Milwaukee — 2 nights

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Riverwalk, take an in-depth tour of Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, and then admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Pabst Mansion, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Milwaukee County Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Lynden Sculpture Garden.

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You can drive from Chicago to Milwaukee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Milwaukee sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 63°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 9th (Sat).
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Michigan travel guide

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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.
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