22 days in Indiana, Iowa & Michigan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 4 nights
South Bend
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
Traverse City
— 6 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit
— 2 nights


Indianapolis — 4 nights

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Get some cultural insight at Indiana War Memorial and Clabber Girl Museum. You'll explore and learn at Children's Museum of Indianapolis and The Eiteljorg Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Indianapolis: Exotic Feline Rescue Center (in Centerpoint), Spring Mill State Park (in Mitchell) and Turkey Run State Park (in Marshall). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Oliver Winery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and explore the galleries of Indianapolis Museum of Art.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Indianapolis online journey planner.

London, UK to Indianapolis is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Indianapolis is minus 5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in June, with highs in Indianapolis at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to South Bend.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips

South Bend — 3 nights

South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Your inner history buff will appreciate South Haven Lighthouses and Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Studebaker National Museum and Air Zoo. Venture out of the city with trips to 12 Corners Vineyards (in Benton Harbor), Silver Beach County Park (in Saint Joseph) and Oval Beach (in Saugatuck). It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and design of University of Notre Dame.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the South Bend trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to South Bend takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in South Bend can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dubuque.
Museums · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Dubuque — 3 nights

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Museum-lovers will get to explore Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and National Motorcycle Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubuque: Cedar Rapids (Brucemore & Grant Wood Window in Veteran's Memorial Auditorium). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co..

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dubuque trip builder site.

Drive from South Bend to Dubuque in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from South Bend to Dubuque. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Traverse City.
Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Side Trips

Traverse City — 6 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Empire Bluff Trail and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Explore Traverse City's surroundings by going to Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center (in Suttons Bay), Fishtown (in Leland) and South Manitou Island Lighthouse (in Glen Arbor). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, cast your line with a fishing tour, and sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Traverse City trip builder site.

You can fly from Dubuque to Traverse City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubuque to Traverse City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Dubuque in June since evenings lows in Traverse City dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Mackinac Island — 3 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Visit St Anne's Catholic Church and Fort Mackinac for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fort Holmes and Trinity Church. And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, don't miss a visit to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, and admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip builder.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in June, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Detroit.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Detroit — 2 nights

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenfield Village.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Detroit trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Detroit takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in June, things will get a bit warmer in Detroit: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Indiana travel guide

Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.

Iowa travel guide

Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."

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.