22 days in Michigan Itinerary

22 days in Michigan Itinerary

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22 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Sault Ste. Marie
Drive:  1​h
1
Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
ferry:  15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Traverse City
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Dearborn
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
6
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Sault Ste. Marie

2
nights
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Ignace: Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River), Soo Locks (in Sault Ste. Marie) and Thorne Swift Nature Preserve (in Harbor Springs). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, take an in-depth tour of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and get great views at Castle Rock.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Saint Ignace trip itinerary planning website .

Sault Ste. Marie to Saint Ignace is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Saint Ignace can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mackinaw City, Thorne Swift Nature Preserve, Cross In The Woods National Shrine, Soo Locks
Highlights from your plan
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

3
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, wildlife, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, tee off at Jewel Golf Course, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, and identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island online visit planner .

Mackinac Island is just a stone's throw from Saint Ignace. In August, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Traverse City: Empire (Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Empire Bluff Trail, & more), Little Traverse Wheelway (in Petoskey) and Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix (in Charlevoix). There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, sample the tasty concoctions at Lake Ann Brewing Company, take a leisurely stroll along Boardman River Boardwalk, and enjoy the sea views from Old Mission Lighthouse.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Traverse City travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Mackinac Island in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Traverse City: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Empire, Kayaking & Canoeing, Little Traverse Wheelway, Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, Lake Ann Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway

4
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: Oval Beach (in Saugatuck), Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and Ludington (Stearns Park & Ludington State Park). 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, appreciate the history behind Leonardo da Vinci's Horse, and sample the tasty concoctions at Fetch Brewing Company.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Grand Rapids trip itinerary site .

Drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. August in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ludington, Holland State Park Beach, Gilmore Car Museum, Fetch Brewing Company, Oval Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum

3
nights
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Go for a jaunt from Dearborn to Ann Arbor to see Decode Ann Arbor about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Detroit Zoo, stroll around Belle Isle Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St. Mary's Church.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Dearborn trip simple and quick.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Dearborn by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Dearborn are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Detroit, St. Florian Catholic Church, Detroit Zoo, Kellogg Park, Decode Ann Arbor
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

3
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. When in Munising, make a side trip to see Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Seney, approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, and stop by Upper Peninsula Inspired.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Munising visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Dearborn to Munising takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Dearborn in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Munising, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Seney National Wildlife Refuge
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 (Thu), have fun and explore at Tahquamenon Logging Museum, then explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then immerse yourself in nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Oswald's Bear Ranch, take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paradise trip planner .

You can drive from Munising to Paradise in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and car. September in Paradise sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Newberry
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Whitefish Point Light ©
Whitefish Point Light

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