19 days in Michigan Itinerary

19 days in Michigan Itinerary

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19 days in Michigan Itinerary

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

2
nights
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 2nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St. Mary's Church, and finally explore the galleries of Motown Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront, partake in some friendly competition at Decode Ann Arbor, stroll around Kellogg Park, then have some family-friendly fun at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, and finally browse for treasures at The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dearborn trip itinerary planner .

Valparaiso to Dearborn is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valparaiso to Dearborn. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Valparaiso in October; daily highs in Dearborn reach 63°F and lows reach 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Lake Orion.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Detroit, Decode Ann Arbor, BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall, Kellogg Park
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

3
nights
Lake Orion

Lake Orion ©
Lake Orion is a village in the north side outskirts of Metro Detroit in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lake Orion: Detroit (Motown Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, & more), Bronner's Christmas Wonderland (in Frankenmuth) and Dearborn (The Henry Ford & Greenfield Village). There's still lots to do: put a fun spin on your tour with Decode Ann Arbor, contemplate the long history of Franklin Cider Mill, and deepen your understanding at Michigan State University.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lake Orion tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Dearborn to Lake Orion by car takes about an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Lake Orion

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Detroit, Dearborn, Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, Decode Ann Arbor, Franklin Cider Mill
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland

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: Saugatuck (American Spoon & Oval Beach), Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and Holland State Park Beach (in Holland). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Meyer May House, and stroll through Cascade Peace Park.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids trip planner .

You can drive from Lake Orion to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. October in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Saugatuck, Gilmore Car Museum, Holland State Park Beach, South Haven Lighthouses, Cascade Peace Park
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Room Escape Games

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). There's lots more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, relax in the rural setting at The Iris Farm, and take in the pleasant sights at Walk of Art.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 13th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic 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 next day: look for gifts at 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 pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in October, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are little chillier, around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

2
nights
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 15th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, examine the collection at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, and finally stroll around Colonial Michilimackinac. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock, then visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine, and finally enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Ignace driving holiday app .

Saint Ignace is very close to Mackinac Island. In October in Saint Ignace, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 17th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Chapel Rock and Beach and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, and finally try for a hole-in-one at Miners Falls Mini Golf.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Munising trip site .

You can drive from Saint Ignace to Munising in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Munising sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

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