30 days in Michigan Itinerary

30 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner
©
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Detroit
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Frankenmuth
— 4 nights
Drive
3
East Lansing
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Traverse City
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Sault Ste. Marie
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Marquette
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4

Detroit — 4 nights

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Detroit side-trips: Ann Arbor (Kerrytown, University of Michigan, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, get engrossed in the history at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, take a stroll through Campus Martius Park, and see the interesting displays at Detroit Historical Museum.

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

New York City to Detroit is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in November, expect Detroit to be slightly colder, temps between 48°F and 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Frankenmuth.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Side Trips

Frankenmuth — 4 nights

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Frankenmuth: Gallery 194 (in Lapeer), Croswell Swinging Bridge (in Croswell) and Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum (in Bay City). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Frankenmuth Historical Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Frankenmuth trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Detroit to Frankenmuth takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. November in Frankenmuth sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to East Lansing.
Shopping · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips

East Lansing — 4 nights

East Lansing is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan directly east of Lansing, the state capital. Explore East Lansing's surroundings by going to Great Lakes National Cemetery (in Holly), Flint (Flint Institute of Arts & Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad) and Midland (Alden Dow Home and Studio, Dow Gardens, &more). And it doesn't end there: deepen your understanding at Michigan State University, get engrossed in the history at Michigan History Center, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sanctuary Spirits, and try to win big at Soaring Eagle Casino.

Discover how to plan a East Lansing trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Frankenmuth to East Lansing in 1.5 hours. November in East Lansing sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks
Side Trips

Grand Rapids — 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Rapids: Holland (Mount Pisgah & Holland State Park Beach), Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo Nature Center & Kalamazoo Institute of Arts) and Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Oval Beach, don't miss a visit to Horrock's, and look and learn at Grand Rapids Public Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Grand Rapids trip maker tool.

Drive from East Lansing to Grand Rapids in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.
Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips

Traverse City — 4 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Petoskey (Petoskey State Park, Little Traverse Wheelway, &more) and Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire Bluff Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, browse the eclectic array of goods at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery, and learn about winemaking at Left Foot Charley Winery.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Traverse City trip website.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Traverse City takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Sault Ste. Marie.
Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Nature
Side Trips

Sault Ste. Marie — 3 nights

Sault Ste. Change things up with these side-trips from Sault Ste. Marie: Tahquamenon Falls State Park (in Paradise), Saint Ignace (Mackinac Bridge & Bridge View Park) and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse (in Mackinaw City). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Soo Locks, gain insight at Lake Superior State University, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Name of Mary Church, and stop by Riverstone Gallery.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sault Ste. Marie vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Sault Ste. Marie takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. November in Sault Ste. Marie sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Munising.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips

Munising — 3 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munising: The Erickson Center for the Arts (in Curtis), Historical Village Fayette Park (in Garden) and Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Lake Effect Arts). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Munising sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Sault Ste. Marie to Munising takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marquette.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips

Marquette — 3 nights

Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Step out of Marquette with an excursion to Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook in Big Bay--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, walk around Lakenenland Sculpture Park, explore the world behind art at The DeVos Art Museum, and wander the streets of Downtown Marquette.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Marquette trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munising to Marquette takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Munising in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Marquette, with lows of 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trip

Michigan travel guide

4.7
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.