16 days in Michigan Itinerary

16 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Port Huron
— 1 day
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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
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Suttons Bay
— 1 night
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Ontonagon
— 1 night
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Munising
— 2 nights
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Marquette
— 1 night
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Manistique
— 1 night
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Harbor Springs
— 1 night
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
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West Bloomfield
— 1 night
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Erie
— 1 night
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Detroit
— 1 night

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Port Huron

— 1 day
Port Huron is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of St. On the 20th (Sun), cruise along Blue Water River Walk, make a trip to Maritime Center at Vantage Point, then enjoy the sea views from Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, and finally cruise along Thomas Edison Parkway Boardwalk.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Huron trip planning site.

Detroit to Port Huron is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. Traveling from Detroit in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 50°F in Port Huron. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Port Huron

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Historic Sites

Grand Rapids

— 2 nights

Furniture City

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 21st (Mon): stroll around Windmill Island Gardens, do some rugged touring at Saugatuck Dune Rides, then browse the fresh offerings at Holland Farmers Market, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and then see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids trip builder tool.

Drive from Port Huron to Grand Rapids in 3 hours. In September in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Museums · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 2 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

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 23rd (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Suttons Bay.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Suttons Bay

— 1 night
Suttons Bay is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Carlson's Fishery, contemplate the long history of Fishtown, then sample the fine beverages at Northern Latitudes Distillery, and finally do a tasting at Blustone Vineyards.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Suttons Bay online itinerary planner.

Suttons Bay is just a short distance from Traverse City. In September, daily temperatures in Suttons Bay can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Suttons Bay

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 1 night
On the 26th (Sat), delve into the lush surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ontonagon day trip site.

You can drive from Suttons Bay to Ontonagon in 7.5 hours. When traveling from Suttons Bay in September, plan for little chillier days in Ontonagon, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, then take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Miners Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Munising trip planning site.

Getting from Ontonagon to Munising by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Marquette

— 1 night
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Marquette trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Munising to Marquette takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Munising in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 48°F in Marquette. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manistique.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Manistique

— 1 night
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. state of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): stroll through The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), then admire the majestic nature at Palms Book State Park, and finally do a tasting at Garden Bay Winery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Manistique online route maker.

You can travel from Marquette to Manistique in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Manistique are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Harbor Springs.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Harbor Springs

— 1 night
Harbor Springs is a city and resort community in Emmet County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at Wildwood Rush Zip Line Canopy Tour, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway, then learn about winemaking at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Harbor Springs day trip site.

You can drive from Manistique to Harbor Springs in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Harbor Springs can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Harbor Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

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

Traveling by car from Harbor Springs to Frankenmuth takes 3 hours. October in Frankenmuth sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to West Bloomfield.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

West Bloomfield

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Franklin Cider Mill and then kick your exploration up a notch at TreeRunner West Bloomfield Adventure Park.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the West Bloomfield attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to West Bloomfield takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in West Bloomfield can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Erie.

Things to do in West Bloomfield

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Erie

— 1 night
Erie Township is a civil township of Monroe County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): browse the fresh offerings at Ciolinos, experience rural life at Bennett's Orchard, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Indian Creek Zoo, then look for gifts at Cabela's, and finally take in the waterfront at Luna Pier Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Erie road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from West Bloomfield to Erie takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Erie can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Erie

Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Detroit

— 1 night

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Islamic Center of America, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Detroit online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Erie to Detroit takes an hour. In October, daytime highs in Detroit are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Michigan travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
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.