16 days in Michigan Itinerary

16 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Sault Ste. Marie
— 1 day
Drive
2
Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive
6
Holland
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Frankenmuth
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Dearborn
— 3 nights
Drive to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Fly to Washington

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Sault Ste. Marie — 1 day

Sault Ste. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Soo Locks.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sault Ste. Marie online trip maker.

Washington to Sault Ste. Marie is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington in May: high temperatures in Sault Ste. Marie hover around 63°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Mackinaw City.
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Mackinaw City — 2 nights

Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 14th (Sat), grab your bike and head to North Western State Trail, then learn about winemaking at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Alice's Kandy and Korn, enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinaw City planner.

Drive from Sault Ste. Marie to Mackinaw City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Sault Ste. Marie in May, plan for slightly colder days in Mackinaw City, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Mackinac Island.
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Side Trips

Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 16th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church and then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and then see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island tour itinerary planning site.

Ride a ferry from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Traverse City.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

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.
On the 18th (Wed), hunt for treasures at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Traverse City vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Traverse City by combination of ferry and bus takes about 5 hours. When traveling from Mackinac Island in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Traverse City, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Grand Rapids.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip

Grand Rapids — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids tour app.

You can drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Traverse City in May since evenings lows in Grand Rapids dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Holland.
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Holland — 3 nights

Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Change things up with these side-trips from Holland: Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and Air Zoo (in Portage). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Windmill Island Gardens, find something for the whole family at Nelis' Dutch Village, walk around Centennial Park, and stroll through Holland State Park Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Holland trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Holland takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Frankenmuth.
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Parks · Museums · Beaches · Theme Parks
Side Trips

Frankenmuth — 2 nights

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Frankenmuth trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Holland to Frankenmuth takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dearborn.
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Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure
Side Trip

Dearborn — 3 nights

Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Explore Dearborn's surroundings by going to Toledo (Toledo Zoo & Toledo Museum of Art). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, browse the exhibits of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Dearborn trip planning tool.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Dearborn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Dearborn, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Side Trips

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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