30 days in Michigan Itinerary

30 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip builder

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Detroit
— 7 nights
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Midland
— 5 nights
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Petoskey
— 5 nights
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Traverse City
— 6 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 6 nights
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Detroit

— 7 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like University of Michigan and The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. Venture out of the city with trips to Ann Arbor (Kerrytown & University of Michigan Museum of Art) and Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad (in Flint). The adventure continues: browse the collection at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, stop by Mexicantown, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and admire the landmark architecture of The Guardian Building.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Detroit day trip planning website.

New York City to Detroit is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in November, with highs in Detroit at 48°F and lows at 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Midland.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Midland

— 5 nights
Midland is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan in the Tri-Cities region of Central Michigan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dow Gardens and St. Lorenz Lutheran Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Midland: Lumberman's Monument (in Oscoda) and Frankenmuth (Michigan Heroes Museum, Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Alden Dow Home and Studio, hike along Chippewa Nature Center, learn about all things military at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Midland online travel route planner.

Drive from Detroit to Midland in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Midland are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Midland

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Petoskey

— 5 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. Step off the beaten path and head to Petoskey State Park and Little Traverse Wheelway. Explore Petoskey's surroundings by going to Soo Locks (in Sault Ste. Marie), Castle Farms (in Charlevoix) and Saint Ignace (Bridge View Park & Mackinac Bridge). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, take a stroll through Historic Gaslight District, see the interesting displays at Call of the Wild Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Petoskey trip builder app.

Getting from Midland to Petoskey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in November, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 6 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Bowers Harbor Vineyards and Grand Traverse Distillery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: Empire Bluff Trail (in Empire), Point Betsie Lighthouse (in Frankfort) and Carlson's Fishery (in Leland). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Traverse Bay, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, stop by Cherry Republic of Traverse City, and do a tasting at Chateau Grand Traverse Winery.

Make your Traverse City itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Petoskey to Traverse City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

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 Michigan State University and Grand Rapids Art Museum. Explore Grand Rapids' surroundings by going to USS Silversides Submarine Museum (in Muskegon), Holland State Park Beach (in Holland) and Saint Joseph (Krasl Art Center & Silver Beach Carousel). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Meyer May House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carl G. Fenner Nature Center, kick back and relax at Oval Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Michigan History Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Grand Rapids travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in November, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

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.