21 days in Michigan Itinerary

21 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip itinerary planner

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Drive
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Ontonagon
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 4 nights
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Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Dearborn
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Dearborn
— 3 nights
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
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Traverse City
— 4 nights
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Ludington
— 2 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
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Ontonagon

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Overlook and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Adventure Mining Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Porcupine Mountains State Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Presque Isle River.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ontonagon itinerary planner.

Chicago to Ontonagon is an approximately 7-hour car ride. Traveling from Chicago to Ontonagon, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chicago in July, with highs in Ontonagon at 75°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Munising

— 4 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munising: Marquette (Presque Isle Park & Lakenenland Sculpture Park) and Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the sheer force of Spray Falls, kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

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

You can drive from Ontonagon to Munising in 3 hours. July in Munising sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Dearborn

— 3 nights
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Dearborn is known for museums, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, contemplate the long history of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, explore the galleries of Motown Museum, and explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Do a combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Dearborn in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, Dearborn is somewhat warmer than Mackinac Island - with highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Frankenmuth online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Dearborn to Frankenmuth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Dearborn in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Frankenmuth, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Traverse City

— 4 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Traverse City side-trips: John Cross Fisheries (in Charlevoix), Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, &more) and Little Traverse Wheelway (in Petoskey). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, make a trip to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, and experience rural life at Light of Day Organics.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Traverse City trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Frankenmuth to Traverse City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ludington

— 2 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): walk around Stearns Park, admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, then stop by The Jam Farm, and finally stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, then kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then ride a horse along Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables.

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

You can drive from Traverse City to Ludington in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Ludington sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Grand Rapids

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and then kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Oval Beach, then learn about winemaking at Fenn Valley Vineyards - Saugatuck Tasting Room, then examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Cascade Peace Park.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read our Grand Rapids trip site.

You can drive from Ludington to Grand Rapids in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Ludington, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Rapids, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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.