30 days in Michigan Itinerary

30 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan holiday planner

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Lansing
— 3 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 6 nights
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Saint Joseph
— 3 nights
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Ludington
— 3 nights
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Traverse City
— 5 nights
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Petoskey
— 4 nights
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Detroit
— 5 nights
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Lansing

— 3 nights
Lansing is the capital of the US state of Michigan. Step off the beaten path and head to Impression 5 Science Center and Michigan State University. Change things up with these side-trips from Lansing: Midland (The Tridge & Dow Gardens), Saginaw (Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum & Saginaw Veterans Memorial Plaza) and Michigan Heroes Museum (in Frankenmuth). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Flint Institute of Arts, look for gifts at Horrocks Farm Market, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sanctuary Spirits, and take an in-depth tour of Michigan History Center.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lansing tour itinerary builder website.

Columbus to Lansing is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Columbus in April, expect Lansing to be slightly colder, temps between 57°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Lansing

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Grand Rapids

— 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grand Rapids Children's Museum and Leonardo da Vinci's Horse. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Rapids side-trips: Bell's Comstock Brewery (in Galesburg), Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and Air Zoo (in Portage). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, admire the masterpieces at Grand Rapids Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Butler Street, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mount Pisgah.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids day trip planning app.

Drive from Lansing to Grand Rapids in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Saint Joseph

— 3 nights
St. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Joseph Lighthouses and Silver Beach Carousel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Joseph: Journeyman Distillery (in Three Oaks), Four Winds Casino (in New Buffalo) and St. Julian Winery (in Paw Paw). There's much more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Curious Kids' Museum, learn about winemaking at St. Julian Winery & Distillery, walk around Whirlpool Compass Fountain, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Saint Joseph road trip planning site.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Saint Joseph by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Saint Joseph can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Wineries · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Ludington

— 3 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ludington Waterfront Park and Stearns Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Manistee River (in Manistee) and Mears (Little Sable Point Lighthouse & Silver Lake State Park). The adventure continues: have fun and explore at Sandcastles Children's Museum, stroll around Ludington State Park, stop by The Jam Farm, and admire the majestic nature at Charles Mears State Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ludington trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Saint Joseph to Ludington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Saint Joseph in April, you will find days in Ludington are slightly colder (51°F), and nights are about the same (33°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and Empire Bluff Trail. Explore Traverse City's surroundings by going to Kayaking & Canoeing (in Glen Arbor) and Suttons Bay (Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center & Tandem Cider). The adventure continues: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, learn about winemaking at Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room, stroll through Clinch Park, and admire the masterpieces at Dennos Museum Center.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Traverse City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ludington to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Petoskey

— 4 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Gaslight District and Headlands International Dark Sky Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Petoskey: Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) (in Manistique), Bridge View Park (in Saint Ignace) and Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc. (in Mackinaw City). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Call of the Wild Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at North Western State Trail, admire the striking features of Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, and stop by Sturgeon River Pottery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Petoskey trip website.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Petoskey takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Petoskey are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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 hidden gems such as Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Detroit Historical Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Detroit side-trips: Ann Arbor (Law Quadrangle & University of Michigan Museum of Natural History), Kellogg Park (in Plymouth) and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (in Auburn Hills). The adventure continues: make a trip to Fisher Building, look for gifts at Shinola Bicycles, pause for some photo ops at Michigan Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and get engrossed in the history at Holocaust Memorial Center.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Detroit driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Petoskey to Detroit in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Petoskey in April: high temperatures in Detroit hover around 57°F and lows are around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.