22 days in Michigan Itinerary

22 days in Michigan Itinerary

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22 days in Michigan Itinerary

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners), Whirlpool Compass Fountain (in Saint Joseph) and Holland State Park Beach (in Holland). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, stroll through Oval Beach, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Grand Rapids vacation planner .

Indianapolis to Grand Rapids is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Indianapolis in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Grand Rapids, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gilmore Car Museum, Oval Beach, Ludington State Park, Holland State Park Beach, Whirlpool Compass Fountain
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Room Escape Games

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.
Explore Traverse City's surroundings by going to Kayaking & Canoeing (in Grayling), Little Traverse Wheelway (in Petoskey) and Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, & more). There's still lots to do: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, and visit a coastal fixture at Mission Point Lighthouse.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Traverse City are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Empire, Kayaking & Canoeing, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, Little Traverse Wheelway
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway

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: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, play a few rounds at Wawashkamo Golf Club, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island tour planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in September, you will find days in Mackinac Island are slightly colder (67°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to ride a 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

3
nights
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Get out of town with these interesting Saint Ignace side-trips: Paradise (Tahquamenon Falls State Park & Tahquamenon Falls), Sault Ste. Marie (Riverstone Gallery & Soo Locks) and Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, enjoy the sea views from McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, try your luck at Odawa Casino, and stroll around Colonial Michilimackinac.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Ignace trip itinerary planning tool .

Saint Ignace is just a short distance from Mackinac Island. In September in Saint Ignace, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mackinaw City, Paradise, Sault Ste. Marie, Cross In The Woods National Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

4
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park (in Deerton), Sable Falls (in Grand Marais) and Seney National Wildlife Refuge (in Seney). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, contemplate the waterfront views at Chapel Rock and Beach, stroll through Sand Point Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Munising trip maker .

You can drive from Saint Ignace to Munising in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Sable Falls, Autrain Falls
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

4
nights
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Explore Dearborn's surroundings by going to Michigan War Dog Memorial (in South Lyon), Bronner's Christmas Wonderland (in Frankenmuth) and Decode Ann Arbor (in Ann Arbor). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, stroll around Kellogg Park, contemplate the long history of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, and admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Dearborn trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Dearborn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Detroit, Decode Ann Arbor, Michigan War Dog Memorial, Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland

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