22 days in Michigan Itinerary

22 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner

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Fly to Marquette, Taxi to Munising
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Munising
— 1 night
Drive
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Paradise
— 1 night
Drive
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Sault Ste. Marie
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
Drive
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Flint
— 4 nights
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 2 nights
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Detroit
— 4 nights

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Munising

— 1 night
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and then take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Munising trip planner.

Detroit to Munising is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Detroit in April: high temperatures in Munising hover around 44°F and lows are around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Paradise

— 1 night
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. On the 11th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the majestic nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paradise route maker tool.

You can drive from Munising to Paradise in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and car. In April, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sault Ste. Marie.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Nature · Museums

Sault Ste. Marie

— 1 night
Sault Ste. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): cruise along Whitefish Bay National Forest Scenic Byway, deepen your understanding at Lake Superior State University, and then don't miss a visit to Soo Locks.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sault Ste. Marie trip site.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Sault Ste. Marie takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in April, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Sault Ste. Marie

Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix (in Charlevoix), Raven Hill Discovery Center (in East Jordan) and Empire (Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive & Empire Bluff Trail). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway, and take a stroll through Historic Gaslight District.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Traverse City trip builder tool.

Getting from Sault Ste. Marie to Traverse City by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Sault Ste. Marie in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Traverse City, with highs around 51°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Grand Rapids

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Rapids: Saint Joseph (Whirlpool Compass Fountain, St. Joseph Lighthouses, &more), Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and 12 Corners Vineyards (in Benton Harbor). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, appreciate the history behind Leonardo da Vinci's Horse, identify plant and animal life at Blandford Nature Center, and see the interesting displays at Air Zoo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids travel planning tool.

Getting from Traverse City to Grand Rapids by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Flint.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Flint

— 4 nights
Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County, Michigan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Flint: Kensington Metropark (in Milford), Midland (Dahlia Hill & Alden Dow Home and Studio) and Saginaw (Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum & Saginaw Veterans Memorial Plaza). There's lots more to do: deepen your understanding at Michigan State University, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium, steep yourself in history at R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Flint day trip planner.

Drive from Grand Rapids to Flint in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Flint can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Flint

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Frankenmuth

— 2 nights
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Dobson Antique Toy and Firehouse Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, then do a tasting at St. Julian Winery, and finally examine the collection at Frankenmuth Lager Mill.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Frankenmuth trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Flint to Frankenmuth takes an hour. In April in Frankenmuth, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Museums · Shopping · Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

Detroit

— 4 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.
Take a break from Detroit with a short trip to Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum in Ann Arbor, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, get engrossed in the history at Detroit Historical Museum, admire the striking features of The Guardian Building, and don't miss a visit to Fisher Building.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Detroit trip builder.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Detroit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in April, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

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.