16 days in Michigan Itinerary

16 days in Michigan Itinerary

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16 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
1
Munising
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  2​h
3
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
4
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Detroit
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: New York City

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, then putt your heart out at Miners Falls Mini Golf, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Munising itinerary builder tool .

New York City to Munising is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in October, with highs in Munising at 57°F and lows at 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

2
nights
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and then examine the collection at Tahquamenon Logging Museum. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Riverstone Gallery, make a trip to Soo Locks, then see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paradise tour planner .

You can drive from Munising to Paradise in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and car. October in Paradise sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sault Ste. Marie, Tahquamenon Logging Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Trinity Church, expand your understanding of the military at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. On your second day here, stop by Caddywampus, make a trip to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mackinac Island tour planning site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Empire (Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, & more). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, relax in the rural setting at The Iris Farm, admire the natural beauty at Secret Garden at Brys Estate, and stroll through Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City takes 4.5 hours. In October in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Empire
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

2
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.
On the 14th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, take a peaceful walk through Cascade Peace Park, then see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Meyer May House, examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and then kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids trip planner.

Drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. October in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Cascade Peace Park, Holland State Park Beach, Gilmore Car Museum
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Room Escape Games

1
night
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): learn about all things military at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, do a tasting at St. Julians Winery, then stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Frankenmuth tour planner.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Frankenmuth can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
St. Julians Winery ©
St. Julians Winery

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Detroit: BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League (in Novi), The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall (in Livonia) and Ann Arbor (University of Michigan & Decode Ann Arbor). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, stop by Shinola Bicycles, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront.

Plan my day in Detroit using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Detroit takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Detroit are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Ann Arbor, Dearborn, The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall, BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

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