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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Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
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Ludington
— 2 nights
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Traverse City
— 5 nights
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Petoskey
— 4 nights
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Marquette
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Copper Harbor
— 3 nights
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Saint Joseph
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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. Explore hidden gems such as Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and University of Michigan Museum of Art. Explore Ann Arbor's surroundings by going to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (in Auburn Hills), Flint Institute of Arts (in Flint) and Castle Museum (in Saginaw). There's lots more to do: gain insight at Law Quadrangle, get to know the fascinating history of Nickels Arcade, visit Main Street, and see the sky in a new way at University of Michigan Museum of Natural History.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ann Arbor trip builder app.

Columbus to Ann Arbor is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Columbus in April; daily highs in Ann Arbor reach 57°F and lows reach 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lansing.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Lansing

— 2 nights
Lansing is the capital of the US state of Michigan. On the 5th (Mon), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Potter Park Zoo, gain insight at Michigan State University, and then ponder the world of politics at Michigan State Capitol. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Impression 5 Science Center, get engrossed in the history at Michigan History Center, and then look for gifts at Horrocks Farm Market.

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Traveling by car from Ann Arbor to Lansing takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Lansing

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grand Rapids Children's Museum and Meyer May House. Venture out of the city with trips to Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier (in Grand Haven), Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and Holland (Mount Pisgah & Saugatuck Dunes State Park). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Leonardo da Vinci's Horse, get engrossed in the history at Grand Rapids Public Museum, stroll around Mount Baldhead Park, and admire the masterpieces at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Grand Rapids travel planner.

You can drive from Lansing to Grand Rapids in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ludington

— 2 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, then have fun and explore at Sandcastles Children's Museum, and then walk around Ludington Waterfront Park. On the next day, experience rural life at Country Dairy, then enjoy the sea views from Little Sable Point Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Stearns Park.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ludington trip maker tool.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Ludington in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Grand Rapids in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ludington: temperatures range from 51°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and Chateau Grand Traverse Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: Tandem Cider (in Suttons Bay), Glen Arbor (Kayaking & Canoeing & Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail) and Empire Bluff Trail (in Empire). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Traverse Bay, do a tasting at Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room, explore the world behind art at Dennos Museum Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Clinch Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Traverse City road trip planner.

Drive from Ludington to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in April, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Petoskey

— 4 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore hidden gems such as Historic Gaslight District and Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix. Change things up with these side-trips from Petoskey: Mackinaw City (Headlands International Dark Sky Park & Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.), Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River) and Call of the Wild Museum (in Gaylord). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Hartwick Pines State Park, steep yourself in history at Castle Farms, take some stellar pictures from Castle Rock, and walk around Bridge View Park.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Petoskey road trip website.

You can drive from Traverse City to Petoskey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Petoskey, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marquette.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Marquette

— 2 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): wander the streets of Downtown Marquette, relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Blackrocks Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): view the masterpieces at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, then take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge.

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

You can drive from Petoskey to Marquette in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Copper Harbor

— 3 nights
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore hidden gems such as Brockway Mountain Drive and Mineral Museum of Michigan. Take a break from Copper Harbor with a short trip to Quincy Mine in Hancock, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: walk around Hunter's Point Park, admire the sheer force of Haven Waterfalls and Park, take a memorable drive along High Rock Bay, and hike along Mount Ojibway Trail.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Copper Harbor travel route builder.

Drive from Marquette to Copper Harbor in 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Copper Harbor are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Saint Joseph

— 4 nights
St. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Joseph Lighthouses and Curious Kids' Museum. Explore Saint Joseph's surroundings by going to St. Julian Winery (in Paw Paw), Journeyman Distillery (in Three Oaks) and New Buffalo (New Buffalo Public Beach & Galien River County Park). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Silver Beach Carousel, identify plant and animal life at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, learn about winemaking at Contessa Wine Cellars Tasting Room, and walk around Whirlpool Compass Fountain.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Saint Joseph tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Copper Harbor to Saint Joseph with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Copper Harbor in April, with highs in Saint Joseph at 56°F and lows at 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Parks · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · 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.