29 days in Michigan Itinerary

29 days in Michigan Itinerary

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29 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Detroit
1
Detroit
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Frankenmuth
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Traverse City
— 3 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
6
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h
7
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Marquette
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Ontonagon
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Detroit

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ann Arbor (University of Michigan & Decode Ann Arbor), Kellogg Park (in Plymouth) and BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League (in Novi). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront, get engrossed in the history at Royal Oak Historical Society Museum, and contemplate the long history of Motown Museum.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Detroit travel itinerary planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Detroit. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Dearborn, Ann Arbor, BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, Royal Oak Historical Society Museum, Kellogg Park
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

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Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. When in Frankenmuth, make a side trip to see Dow Gardens in Midland, approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, revel in the low prices at Birch Run Premium Outlets, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, and brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Frankenmuth day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Detroit to Frankenmuth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Detroit in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 43°F in Frankenmuth. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Dow Gardens, Birch Run Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Dow Gardens ©
Dow Gardens

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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 Whirlpool Compass Fountain (in Saint Joseph) and Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Meyer May House, and see the sky in a new way at Grand Rapids Public Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In October in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Gilmore Car Museum, Whirlpool Compass Fountain
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stroll around Stearns Park, then walk around Ludington State Park, then enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Father Jacques Marquette Shrine. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then walk around Ludington Waterfront Park.

Find out how to plan Ludington trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Ludington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Ludington sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access
Highlights from your plan
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Ludington Waterfront Park ©
Ludington Waterfront Park

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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). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, learn about winemaking at Left Foot Charley Winery, make a trip to Mission Point Lighthouse, and take a stroll through Front Street.

Start your trip to Traverse City by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Ludington to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trip

Empire
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

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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, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, look for all kinds of wild species at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, and make a trip to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island road trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 4.5 hours. In November in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

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Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stop by Riverstone Gallery, make a trip to Soo Locks, then contemplate the long history of Tower of History, and finally examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park, explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paradise trip site .

Getting from Mackinac Island to Paradise by combination of ferry and car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Mackinac Island in November since evenings lows in Paradise dip to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Sault Ste. Marie
Highlights from your plan
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

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nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Munising is known for nature, adventure, beaches, outdoors, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, take a peaceful walk through Hiawatha National Forest, and look for gifts at Open Wings Pottery & Gallery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Munising trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Paradise to Munising by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle. November in Munising sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 30°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

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Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marquette: Iron Mountain (Chapin Mine Pit, Pine Mountain, & more) and Iron Mountain Iron Mine (in Vulcan). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Presque Isle Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Blackrocks Brewery, take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, and take a stroll through Downtown Marquette.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Marquette trip builder website .

You can drive from Munising to Marquette in an hour. Traveling from Munising in November, Marquette is little chillier at night with lows of 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Iron Mountain, Da Yoopers Innovation Museum, Iron Mountain Iron Mine
Highlights from your plan
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Lakenenland Sculpture Park ©
Lakenenland Sculpture Park

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Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. On the 18th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Ontonagon County Historical Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Bond Falls. On the next day, fly down the slopes at Copper Peak, explore the activities along Presque Isle River, and then take a peaceful walk through Porcupine Mountains State Park.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ontonagon trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Marquette to Ontonagon in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Ontonagon can reach 39°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Copper Peak
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park
Copper Peak ©
Copper Peak

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