30 days in Michigan Itinerary

30 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Drive to Flint
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Flint
— 3 nights
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Midland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Petoskey
— 4 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 6 nights
Drive
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Ludington
— 4 nights
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Kalamazoo
— 5 nights
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Ann Arbor
— 5 nights
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Flint

— 3 nights
Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County, Michigan. Explore hidden gems such as Great Lakes National Cemetery and Flint Institute of Arts. Get out of town with these interesting Flint side-trips: Michigan State University (in East Lansing) and Frankenmuth (Frankenmuth Historical Museum, St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, hunt for treasures at Flint Farmers Market, and brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Flint day trip tool.

New York City to Flint is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in November: high temperatures in Flint hover around 49°F and lows are around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Midland.

Things to do in Flint

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Midland

— 2 nights
Midland is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan in the Tri-Cities region of Central Michigan. On the 21st (Sun), trek along Chippewa Nature Center, steep yourself in history at Alden Dow Home and Studio, and then admire the natural beauty at Dow Gardens. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Castle Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, and then don't miss a visit to The Tridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Midland road trip planning site.

You can drive from Flint to Midland in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in November, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Midland

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Petoskey

— 4 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 Mackinaw Trail Winery & Brewery. Get out of town with these interesting Petoskey side-trips: Bridge View Park (in Saint Ignace), Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River) and Castle Farms (in Charlevoix). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, walk around Gaylord's City Elk Park, grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway, and visit Historic Gaslight District.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Petoskey trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Midland to Petoskey takes 2.5 hours. November in Petoskey sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

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 Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Traverse City side-trips: Empire Bluff Trail (in Empire), Green Bird Cellars & Organic Farms (in Northport) and Frankfort (Point Betsie Lighthouse & Betsie Valley Trail). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Left Foot Charley Winery, visit a coastal fixture at Mission Point Lighthouse, get great views at Arcadia Overlook, and look for gifts at Cherry Republic of Traverse City.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip maker app.

Drive from Petoskey to Traverse City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Traverse City sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Ludington

— 4 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Discover out-of-the-way places like Stearns Park and USS Silversides Submarine Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Ludington: Muskegon (Hackley and Hume Historic Site, Hoffmaster State Park, &more) and Country Dairy (in New Era). There's lots more to do: stroll around Ludington Waterfront Park, enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and stroll through Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ludington online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Traverse City to Ludington in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kalamazoo.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Kalamazoo

— 5 nights
Kalamazoo is a city in the southwest region of the U.S. state of Michigan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and Horrock's. Change things up with these side-trips from Kalamazoo: Journeyman Distillery (in Three Oaks), Silver Beach Carousel (in Saint Joseph) and Kal Haven Trail (in South Haven). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, look for gifts at Confections with Convictions, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalamazoo Nature Center, and appreciate the history behind Leonardo da Vinci's Horse.

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Traveling by car from Ludington to Kalamazoo takes 2.5 hours. December in Kalamazoo sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 25°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ann Arbor.

Things to do in Kalamazoo

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ann Arbor

— 5 nights
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County. Explore hidden gems such as University of Michigan and University of Michigan Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ann Arbor: Somerset Collection (in Troy), Franklin Cider Mill (in Bloomfield Hills) and Lansing (Michigan History Center, Horrocks Farm Market, &more). There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, explore the engaging exhibits at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, take a stroll through Main Street, and stop by Kerrytown.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ann Arbor holiday planner.

You can drive from Kalamazoo to Ann Arbor in 2 hours. December in Ann Arbor sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Childrens 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.