18 days in Michigan Itinerary

18 days in Michigan Itinerary

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18 days in Michigan Itinerary

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

3
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Munising is known for nature, adventure, beaches, outdoors, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, look for all kinds of wild species at Hiawatha National Forest, look for gifts at Open Wings Pottery & Gallery, and admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Munising holiday planner .

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. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in November: high temperatures in Munising hover around 43°F and lows are around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

2
nights
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 21st (Thu), visit a coastal fixture at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, steep yourself in history at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, and then don't miss a visit to Soo Locks. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine, walk around Colonial Michilimackinac, and then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Ignace trip planner .

You can drive from Munising to Saint Ignace in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In November in Saint Ignace, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mackinaw City, Soo Locks, Cross In The Woods National Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Cross In The Woods National Shrine
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 23rd (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Biddle House, stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, trot along with a tour on horseback, then don't miss a visit to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, then look for all kinds of wild species 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 ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip planner .

Mackinac Island is just a short distance from Saint Ignace. November in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Traverse City: Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire Bluff Trail, & more). There's still lots to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, take in the waterfront at Boardman River Boardwalk, don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, and enjoy the sea views from Mission Point Lighthouse.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Traverse City sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in November, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Rapids: Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners), Oval Beach (in Saugatuck) and Holland State Park Beach (in Holland). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, find something for the whole family at Silver Beach Carousel, walk around Whirlpool Compass Fountain, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Grand Rapids fast, fun, and easy.

Drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Saint Joseph, Oval Beach, Holland State Park Beach, Gilmore Car Museum
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum

4
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: Bronner's Christmas Wonderland (in Frankenmuth), Decode Ann Arbor (in Ann Arbor) and Saginaw Veterans Memorial Plaza (in Saginaw). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and stroll around Kellogg Park.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Detroit online trip builder .

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Detroit in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in November, and nighttime lows around 34°F. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Dearborn, Saginaw Veterans Memorial Plaza, Decode Ann Arbor, Kellogg Park, BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland

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