30 days in Michigan Itinerary

30 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Detroit
— 4 nights
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Frankenmuth
— 3 nights
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Lansing
— 3 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
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Ludington
— 2 nights
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Traverse City
— 4 nights
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Ontonagon
— 3 nights
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Petoskey
— 3 nights
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Marquette
— 3 nights
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Detroit

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like University of Michigan and The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. Explore Detroit's surroundings by going to Ann Arbor (Kerrytown, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, &more) and Great Lakes National Cemetery (in Holly). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront, contemplate the long history of Franklin Cider Mill, and admire the landmark architecture of The Guardian Building.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Detroit sightseeing app.

New York City to Detroit is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in November, with highs in Detroit at 48°F and lows at 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Frankenmuth

— 3 nights
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus and St. Julian Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Frankenmuth: Bay City (Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum & Carroll Park). There's lots more to do: stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, get engrossed in the history at Frankenmuth Historical Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Frankenmuth trip maker tool.

You can drive from Detroit to Frankenmuth in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November in Frankenmuth, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Lansing.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Lansing

— 3 nights
Lansing is the capital of the US state of Michigan. Step off the beaten path and head to Dow Gardens and Michigan State University. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lansing: Midland (Alden Dow Home and Studio & The Tridge), Flint (Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad & Flint Institute of Arts) and Sloan Museum (in Burton). And it doesn't end there: stop by Horrocks Farm Market, get engrossed in the history at Michigan History Center, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Potter Park Zoo.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lansing trip planner.

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Lansing takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Lansing are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Lansing

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Meyer May House and Leonardo da Vinci's Horse. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Rapids: St. Julian Winery (in Paw Paw), Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (in Kalamazoo) and Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Silver Beach Carousel, explore the striking landscape at Mount Pisgah, do a tasting at White Pine Winery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Oval Beach.

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

Drive from Lansing to Grand Rapids in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Ludington

— 2 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 16th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, then stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park, and finally stroll through Stearns Park. On your second day here, look for gifts at The Jam Farm, then experience rural life at Country Dairy, and then visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light.

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Getting from Grand Rapids to Ludington by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bowers Harbor Vineyards and Left Foot Charley Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: Empire Bluff Trail (in Empire), Leelanau Wine Cellars (in Omena) and Frankfort (Betsie Valley Trail & Point Betsie Lighthouse). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Traverse Bay, look for gifts at Cherry Republic of Traverse City, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, and do a tasting at Chateau Grand Traverse Winery.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Traverse City itinerary 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 November, daytime highs in Traverse City are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 3 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bond Falls and Presque Isle River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ontonagon: Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton), North Country Trail (aka Canyon Falls Trail) (in L'Anse) and Downtown Miners Mural (in Ironwood).

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ontonagon day trip site.

You can drive from Traverse City to Ontonagon in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Traverse City in November, things will get a bit cooler in Ontonagon: highs are around 39°F and lows about 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Petoskey

— 3 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Petoskey State Park and Little Traverse Wheelway. Venture out of the city with trips to Call of the Wild Museum (in Gaylord), Saint Ignace (Mackinac Bridge & Bridge View Park) and Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District, sample the tasty concoctions at Mackinaw Trail Winery & Brewery, and explore the historical opulence of Castle Farms.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Petoskey online route maker.

Getting from Ontonagon to Petoskey by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In November in Petoskey, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Marquette

— 3 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ludington Park and Downtown Marquette. Venture out of the city with trips to Munising (Sand Point Beach, Miners Castle Rock, &more). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park, walk around Lakenenland Sculpture Park, and have fun and explore at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Marquette online trip builder.

You can drive from Petoskey to Marquette in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Petoskey in November since evenings lows in Marquette dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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.