19 days in Michigan Itinerary

19 days in Michigan Itinerary

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19 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Valparaiso
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  2​h
3
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  15​min
4
Saint Ignace
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Detroit
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Valparaiso

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, take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach, and delve into the lush surroundings at Hiawatha National Forest.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Munising day trip planning site .

Valparaiso to Munising is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Valparaiso to Munising is 1 hour. When traveling from Valparaiso in October, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Munising: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge
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. On the 5th (Sat), examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at USDA Iroquois Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, and finally shop like a local with Riverstone Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, then explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light.

Plan trip to Paradise with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Munising to Paradise by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car. In October in Paradise, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Sault Ste. Marie
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. On the 7th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Caddywampus, make a trip to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!, then trot along 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 other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island road trip tool .

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. In October, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.

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

1
night
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 9th (Wed), visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, stroll around Colonial Michilimackinac, then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, and finally enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Saint Ignace online visit planner .

Saint Ignace is just a short distance from Mackinac Island. In October, daily temperatures in Saint Ignace can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mackinaw City
Highlights from your plan
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Colonial Michilimackinac ©
Colonial Michilimackinac

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Empire (Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, & more). The adventure continues: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, enjoy the sea views from Old Mission Lighthouse, experience rural life at The Iris Farm, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

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

Traveling by car from Saint Ignace to Traverse City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Empire, Walk of Art
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Grand Rapids side-trips: Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners), Holland State Park Beach (in Holland) and Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier (in Grand Haven). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, admire the striking features of Meyer May House, see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Oval Beach.

Make your Grand Rapids itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Holland State Park Beach, Gilmore Car Museum, Cascade Peace Park, South Haven Lighthouses, Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier
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): brush up on your military savvy at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, do a tasting at St. Julians Winery, then stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Frankenmuth holiday builder tool .

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In October in Frankenmuth, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time 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
Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum ©
Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall (in Livonia), Decode Ann Arbor (in Ann Arbor) and BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League (in Novi). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Detroit trip planner .

Drive from Frankenmuth to Detroit in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. In October in Detroit, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Dearborn, Decode Ann Arbor, BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall
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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