31 days in Michigan Itinerary

31 days in Michigan Itinerary

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31 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
1
Detroit
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Saint Joseph
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Traverse City
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Mackinaw City
— 3 nights
ferry:  30​min
7
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h
8
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Munising
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Columbus

3
nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Detroit: University of Michigan (in Ann Arbor), Mill Race Historical Village (in Northville) and Island Lake State Recreation Area (in Brighton). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, head off the coast to Belle Isle Park, stop by Polish Art Center, and steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Detroit trip itinerary app .

Columbus to Detroit is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Detroit

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Dearborn, Detroit Zoo, University of Michigan, Mill Race Village, Polish Art Center
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

4
nights
Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph ©
St. Explore Saint Joseph's surroundings by going to Air Zoo (in Portage), Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery (in Mattawan) and South Haven (North Beach & South Haven Lighthouses). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Beach County Park, tee off at Island Hills Golf Club, don't miss a visit to Whirlpool Compass Fountain, and get in on the family fun at Silver Beach Carousel.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saint Joseph route maker app .

You can drive from Detroit to Saint Joseph in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Detroit in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Saint Joseph, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

South Haven, Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery, Island Hills Golf Club, Warren Dunes State Park, Air Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
Silver Beach Carousel ©
Silver Beach Carousel
Whirlpool Compass Fountain ©
Whirlpool Compass Fountain

4
nights
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
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 find plenty of places to visit near Grand Rapids: Holland (Windmill Island Gardens & Holland State Park Beach), Oval Beach (in Saugatuck) and Michigan's Adventure (in Muskegon). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, look for gifts at Changing Tymes, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Grand Rapids day trip tool .

Getting from Saint Joseph to Grand Rapids by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Holland, Gilmore Car Museum, Oval Beach, Changing Tymes, Ada Township Covered Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach

2
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park and then kick back and relax at Stearns Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Ludington Waterfront Park, then enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and then immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ludington online tour planner .

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 August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ludington: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access
Highlights from your plan
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Ludington Waterfront Park ©
Ludington Waterfront Park

5
nights
Traverse City

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 Traverse City's surroundings by going to Empire (Empire Bluff Trail, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, & more), Hartwick Pines State Park (in Grayling) and Glen Arbor (South Manitou Island Lighthouse & Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail). There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, do a tasting at Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room, browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and wander the streets of Front Street.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Traverse City tour itinerary planning app .

Drive from Ludington to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Empire, Glen Arbor, Point Betsie Lighthouse, Twisted Fish Gallery, Hartwick Pines State Park
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

3
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mackinaw City: Soo Locks (in Sault Ste. Marie) and Petoskey (Petoskey State Park & Little Traverse Wheelway). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, steep yourself in history at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and stroll through Colonial Michilimackinac.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinaw City travel route website .

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Mackinaw City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Traverse City in August, expect nights in Mackinaw City to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Petoskey, Soo Locks
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

3
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, wildlife, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, trot along with a tour on horseback, and steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary planning tool .

Mackinac Island is just a short distance from Mackinaw City. August in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

1
night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, then see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paradise holiday planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Mackinac Island in August, Paradise is slightly colder at night with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Whitefish Point Light ©
Whitefish Point Light

5
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Explore Munising's surroundings by going to Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)) and Lakenenland Sculpture Park (in Marquette). Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Point Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, and look for gifts at Upper Peninsula Inspired.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Munising travel route app .

You can drive from Paradise to Munising in 2.5 hours. In August in Munising, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Manistique, Lakenenland Sculpture Park
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls

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