30 days in Michigan Itinerary

30 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Ann Arbor
— 3 nights
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Lansing
— 2 nights
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Kalamazoo
— 4 nights
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Muskegon
— 2 nights
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Ludington
— 3 nights
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Midland
— 2 nights
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Oscoda
— 3 nights
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Ontonagon
— 1 night
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Petoskey
— 4 nights
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Traverse City
— 5 nights
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Ann Arbor — 3 nights

Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at University of Michigan and Franklin Cider Mill. Get out of town with these interesting Ann Arbor side-trips: Flint (Flint Institute of Arts, Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, &more), Somerset Collection (in Troy) and Sloan Museum (in Burton). The adventure continues: look and learn at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, wander the streets of Main Street, stop by Kerrytown, and explore the galleries of University of Michigan Museum of Art.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ann Arbor online tour itinerary planner.

New York City to Ann Arbor is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in November; daily highs in Ann Arbor reach 48°F and lows reach 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Lansing.
Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Lansing — 2 nights

Lansing is the capital of the US state of Michigan. On the 5th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Michigan History Center, gain insight at Michigan State University, then engage your brain at Impression 5 Science Center, and finally relax in the rural setting at The Country Mill. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Horrocks Farm Market, then get to know the resident critters at Potter Park Zoo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carl G. Fenner Nature Center, and finally relax in the rural setting at Uncle John's Cider Mill.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lansing road trip site.

Traveling by car from Ann Arbor to Lansing takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kalamazoo.
Museums · Parks · Shopping · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Kalamazoo — 4 nights

Kalamazoo is a city in the southwest region of the U.S. state of Michigan. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and Silver Beach Carousel. Get out of town with these interesting Kalamazoo side-trips: Horrock's (in Battle Creek), Journeyman Distillery (in Three Oaks) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in New Buffalo). There's lots more to do: stroll through Kalamazoo Nature Center, sample the tasty concoctions at Bell's Comstock Brewery, trek along Kal Haven Trail, and admire the landmark architecture of Meyer May House.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kalamazoo trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Lansing to Kalamazoo takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Kalamazoo can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Muskegon.
Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife
Side Trips

Muskegon — 2 nights

Muskegon is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, and is the largest populated city on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan. On the 11th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Hoffmaster State Park, then examine the collection at USS Silversides Submarine Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Hackley and Hume Historic Site. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Country Dairy, explore the striking landscape at Mount Pisgah, and then ski along the peaceful trails at Saugatuck Dunes State Park.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Muskegon travel route tool.

You can drive from Kalamazoo to Muskegon in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in November, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ludington.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Ludington — 3 nights

Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Discover out-of-the-way places like Stearns Park and The Jam Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse (in Manistee) and Big Rapids Riverwalk (in Big Rapids). There's lots more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Sandcastles Children's Museum, stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park, enjoy the sea views from Ludington North Breakwater Light, and do a tasting at Jomagrha Vineyards & Winery.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ludington online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Muskegon to Ludington takes an hour. November in Ludington sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Midland.
Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Museums
Side Trips

Midland — 2 nights

Midland is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan in the Tri-Cities region of Central Michigan. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): hike along Chippewa Nature Center, then steep yourself in history at Alden Dow Home and Studio, then admire the natural beauty at Dow Gardens, and finally snap pictures at The Tridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus, then take an in-depth tour of Frankenmuth Historical Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Midland day trip site.

You can drive from Ludington to Midland in 2.5 hours. In November in Midland, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 30°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oscoda.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trip

Oscoda — 3 nights

Oscoda is an unincorporated community in the U.S. state of Michigan located on the northern side of the Au Sable River where it enters Lake Huron. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lumberman's Monument and River Road Scenic Byway. Explore Oscoda's surroundings by going to Alpena (Island Park & Wildlife Sanctuary, Besser Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Oscoda Beach Park, walk around Lumberman's Monument Park, enjoy the sea views from Tawas Point Lighthouse, and immerse yourself in nature at Tawas Point State Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Oscoda trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Midland to Oscoda takes 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Oscoda are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ontonagon.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Ontonagon — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the activities along Presque Isle River and then admire the sheer force of Bond Falls.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ontonagon travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Oscoda to Ontonagon takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Oscoda in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Ontonagon, with highs around 39°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Petoskey.
Nature · Parks

Petoskey — 4 nights

Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore hidden gems such as Petoskey State Park and Crooked Tree Arts Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Gaylord (Gaylord's City Elk Park & Call of the Wild Museum), Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River) and JoAnn's Fudge (in Mackinaw City). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Museum Ship Valley Camp, steep yourself in history at Castle Farms, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Petoskey trip planner.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Petoskey in 5.5 hours. Another option is to 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 up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Traverse City.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries
Side Trips

Traverse City — 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bowers Harbor Vineyards and Betsie Valley Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Point Betsie Lighthouse (in Frankfort), Fishtown (in Leland) and Empire Bluff Trail (in Empire). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Traverse Bay, do a tasting at Leelanau Wine Cellars, make a trip to Lake Michigan Shoreline, and look for gifts at Cherry Republic of Traverse City.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City day trip planning website.

Getting from Petoskey to Traverse City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: 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 30th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · 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.