18 days in Michigan Itinerary

18 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner
Make it your trip
Fly to MBS International Airport, Drive to Frankenmuth
— 3 nights
Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit
— 4 nights


Frankenmuth — 3 nights

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Frankenmuth: Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum (in Bay City) and Tawas Point State Park (in East Tawas). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Frankenmuth trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Istanbul, Turkey to Frankenmuth is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Frankenmuth when traveling from Istanbul in May, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Rapids.
Shopping · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

Grand Rapids — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Holland (Nelis' Dutch Village, Holland State Park Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Meyer May House, and examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

To see photos and tourist information, read Grand Rapids trip builder app.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.
Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

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.
Step out of Traverse City with an excursion to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, get outside with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sea views from Mission Point Lighthouse, and browse the eclectic array of goods at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Traverse City online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Grand Rapids in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Traverse City, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip

Mackinac Island — 3 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, stroll through The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Mackinac Island, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Detroit.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Detroit — 4 nights

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
When in Detroit, make a side trip to see Morley Candy Makers - The Home of Sanders Candy in Clinton Township, approximately Clinton Township away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront, steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, and explore the galleries of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Detroit journey site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Detroit in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mackinac Island in May, with highs in Detroit at 25°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

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.