26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Detroit
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Flint
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Birch Run
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Mackinaw City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Grand Haven
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Lansing
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Detroit
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Portland

3
nights
Detroit

Detroit
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Detroit online journey planner .

Portland to Detroit is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Portland to Detroit. In October, daytime highs in Detroit are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel to Flint.

Things to do in Detroit

Parks Nightlife Outdoors

2
nights
Flint

Flint ©
Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County, Michigan. On the 27th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, explore the engaging exhibits at Flint Children's Museum, then explore the world behind art at Flint Institute of Arts, and finally contemplate the long history of Whaley House Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Porter's Orchard, buy something for everyone on your list at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then make a trip to Great Lakes National Cemetery, then see the sky in a new way at Longway Planetarium, and finally see the interesting displays at Buick Automotive Gallery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Flint online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Detroit to Flint takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Detroit in October, expect little chillier with lows of 43°F in Flint. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Birch Run.

Things to do in Flint

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porter's Orchard, Detroit Institute of Arts, Great Lakes National Cemetery, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
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Flint Institute of Arts ©
Flint Institute of Arts
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

2
nights
Birch Run

Birch Run ©
Birch Run is a village in Saginaw County in the U.S. On the 29th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, then buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally revel in the low prices at Birch Run Premium Outlets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Frankenmuth Lager Mill, take in nature's colorful creations at Dow Gardens, then make a trip to The Tridge, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wilderness Trails Zoo.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Birch Run online tour itinerary builder .

Birch Run is very close to Flint. In October, daytime highs in Birch Run are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Birch Run

Shopping Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Frankenmuth, Midland
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Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Dow Gardens ©
Dow Gardens

3
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. On the 31st (Thu), admire the majestic nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, steep yourself in history at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, and then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Soo Locks, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cross In The Woods National Shrine, and then stroll around Colonial Michilimackinac.

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Traveling by car from Birch Run to Mackinaw City takes 3 hours. When traveling from Birch Run in October, plan for slightly colder days in Mackinaw City, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Soo Locks, Cross In The Woods National Shrine, Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

3
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 (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, & more). And it doesn't end there: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, enjoy the sea views from Mission Point Lighthouse, and browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Traverse City trip itinerary website .

Drive from Mackinaw City to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Grand Haven.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Empire
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours

3
nights
Grand Haven

Grand Haven ©
Grand Haven is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach, take in the waterfront at Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, and then immerse yourself in nature at Grand Haven State Park. On your second day here, hike along Rosy Mound Natural Area, then immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Fetch Brewing Company.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Grand Haven vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Traverse City to Grand Haven in 3 hours. In November in Grand Haven, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 34°F at night. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Grand Haven

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ludington State Park, Fetch Brewing Company, Holland State Park Beach
Highlights from your plan
Grand Haven State Park ©
Grand Haven State Park
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Grand Rapids side-trips: South Haven Lighthouses (in South Haven) and Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at John Ball Zoo, explore the world behind art at Grand Rapids Art Museum, and admire the striking features of Meyer May House.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Grand Haven to Grand Rapids takes an hour. In November, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Lansing.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rockford Dam Overlook, Gilmore Car Museum, South Haven Lighthouses
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum

3
nights
Lansing

Lansing ©
Lansing is the capital of the US state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Michigan State Capitol, stop by Horrocks Farm Market, then get to know the resident critters at Potter Park Zoo, then steep yourself in history at R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to 9-11-2001 Remembrance Memorial. On your second day here, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Binder Park Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Michigan History Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Central United Methodist Church.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lansing trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Lansing takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Lansing are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Detroit.

Things to do in Lansing

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Binder Park Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Michigan History Center ©
Michigan History Center
Horrocks Farm Market ©
Horrocks Farm Market
Michigan State Capitol ©
Michigan State Capitol

3
nights
Detroit

Change things up with these side-trips from Detroit: University of Michigan (in Ann Arbor) and Hollywood Casino Toledo (in Toledo). Explore Detroit further: admire the landmark architecture of The Guardian Building, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, observe the fascinating underwater world at Belle Isle Aquarium, and enjoy breathtaking views from GM Renaissance Center.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Detroit road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Lansing to Detroit takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Detroit

Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

University of Michigan, Detroit Zoo, Hollywood Casino Toledo
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
The Guardian Building ©
The Guardian Building
University of Michigan ©
University of Michigan

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