17 days in Michigan Itinerary

17 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan planner

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint Joseph
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dearborn
— 2 nights
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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 2nd (Fri): Head underground at Eagle Point Cave, then look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, then identify plant and animal life at Great Turtle Kayak Tours, and finally examine the collection at Liberty Lego Display. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then explore the galleries of Fort Mackinac, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island trip maker.

New York City to Mackinac Island is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in July: high temperatures in Mackinac Island hover around 73°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Munising

— 3 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Kids will appreciate attractions like Boat Tours & Water Sports and Miners Castle Rock. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, enjoy the sand and surf at Miner's Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Point Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Munising journey planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Ontonagon County Historical Museum, then explore the activities along Presque Isle River, and then immerse yourself in nature at Porcupine Mountains State Park. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Main Overlook and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ontonagon visit planning tool.

You can drive from Munising to Ontonagon in 3 hours. In July in Ontonagon, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ludington.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ludington

— 2 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, then ride a horse along Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables, and then kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Stearns Park, walk around Ludington State Park, then look for gifts at The Jam Farm, and finally walk around Ludington Waterfront Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ludington driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Ludington in 8.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In July in Ludington, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Grand Rapids

— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and Michigan's Adventure. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Rapids: Holland State Park Beach (in Holland), Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park (in Alto) and Saugatuck (Butler Street & Oval Beach). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum, hike along Cascade Peace Park, and make a trip to Rockford Dam Overlook.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids online route planner.

You can drive from Ludington to Grand Rapids in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ludington in July, expect nights in Grand Rapids to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Saint Joseph

— 2 nights
St. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Weko Beach Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Beach County Park, then stroll around Whirlpool Compass Fountain, and finally get in on the family fun at Silver Beach Carousel. On the next day, examine the collection at Krasl Art Center, then admire the majestic nature at Warren Dunes State Park, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Saint Joseph road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Saint Joseph takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Dearborn

— 2 nights
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): examine the collection at The Henry Ford, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and then look for gifts at Shinola Bicycles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, and then take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dearborn trip planner.

You can drive from Saint Joseph to Dearborn in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.