25 days in Michigan Itinerary

25 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan tour planner

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Detroit
— 5 nights
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Midland
— 3 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
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Traverse City
— 4 nights
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Saint Ignace
— 3 nights
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Marquette
— 4 nights
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Detroit

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Detroit: Flint (Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad & Flint Institute of Arts), University of Michigan (in Ann Arbor) and Morley Candy Makers - The Home of Sanders Candy (in Clinton Township). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront, take an in-depth tour of Detroit Historical Museum, and see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Detroit trip itinerary builder app.

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India to Detroit is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. You'll gain 10.5 hours traveling from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to Detroit due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in November, things will get colder in Detroit: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Midland.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Midland

— 3 nights
Midland is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan in the Tri-Cities region of Central Michigan. Explore Midland's surroundings by going to Frankenmuth (Michigan Heroes Museum, Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, &more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Dow Gardens, contemplate the long history of Alden Dow Home and Studio, and brush up on your military savvy at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Midland vacation planning website.

Drive from Detroit to Midland in 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Detroit in December since evenings lows in Midland dip to -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Midland

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Grand Rapids side-trips: Michigan State University (in East Lansing), Silver Beach Carousel (in Saint Joseph) and Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach, stroll through Oval Beach, see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and contemplate the long history of Meyer May House.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Midland to Grand Rapids in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

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 Empire (Empire Bluff Trail, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, &more). There's lots more to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, learn about winemaking at Left Foot Charley Winery, browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and make a trip to Front Street.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Traverse City trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Traverse City sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Traverse City

Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trip

Saint Ignace

— 3 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Ignace: Sault Ste. Marie (Lake Superior State University & Soo Locks) and Petoskey (Little Traverse Wheelway, Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, &more). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge and examine the collection at Great Lake Light House Keepers.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Saint Ignace travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Traverse City to Saint Ignace in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Saint Ignace are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Marquette

— 4 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Explore Marquette's surroundings by going to Munising (Munising Falls, Miners Castle Rock, &more). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, take a stroll through Downtown Marquette, and take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Marquette trip planner.

You can drive from Saint Ignace to Marquette in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Saint Ignace in December, things will get a bit cooler in Marquette: highs are around -3°C and lows about -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.