31 days in Michigan Itinerary

31 days in Michigan Itinerary

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31 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Marquette
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Ontonagon
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Escanaba
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Traverse City
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Flint
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Detroit
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Chicago

5
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Museum-lovers will appreciate Lakenenland Sculpture Park and Marquette Regional History Center. Get some cultural insight at Michigan Iron Industry Museum and Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marquette: Munising (Au Train Falls & Laughing Whitefish Falls), Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge (in Eben Junction) and Autrain Falls (in Au Train). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park, walk around Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hogback Mountain, and relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Marquette trip itinerary builder site .

Chicago to Marquette is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Marquette is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in October, with highs in Marquette at 53°F and lows at 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Munising, Yellow Dog Falls, Michigan Iron Industry Museum, Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum
Highlights from your plan
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Lakenenland Sculpture Park ©
Lakenenland Sculpture Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

5
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Museum-lovers will appreciate Mineral Museum of Michigan and Hanka Homestead Museum. Get in touch with nature at Bond Falls and Black River Harbor Recreation Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Gogebic State Park (in Marenisco), Hungarian Falls (in Hubbell) and Ironwood (Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail & Ironwood Historic Depot & Museum). It doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Porcupine Mountains State Park and explore the activities along Lake of the Clouds.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ontonagon route planner.

Traveling by car from Marquette to Ontonagon takes 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ontonagon are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Escanaba.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ironwood, Hanka Homestead Museum, Lake Gogebic State Park, Mineral Museum of Michigan, Hungarian Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Mineral Museum of Michigan ©
Mineral Museum of Michigan
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park

5
nights
Escanaba

Escanaba ©
Escanaba is a port city in Delta County in the U.S. Bonifas Art Gallery and Lake Effect Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Fayette Historic State Park and Historical Village Fayette Park for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Escanaba: Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park) and Munising (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Wagner Falls, & more).

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Escanaba trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Ontonagon to Escanaba in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Escanaba

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Munising, Manistique, Garden
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park

5
nights
Traverse City

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Music House Museum. Get in touch with nature at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and Little Traverse Wheelway. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River), Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery (in Alanson) and Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, view the masterpieces at Higher Art Gallery, hike along Empire Bluff Trail, and contemplate the long history of Fishtown.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip maker tool .

Drive from Escanaba to Traverse City in 5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Flint.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Empire, Music House Museum, Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, Fishtown
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Cross In The Woods National Shrine

5
nights
Flint

Flint ©
Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County, Michigan. Do some cultural sightseeing at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad and Ye Ole Carriage Shop. Shiawassee Arts Center and R.E. Olds Transportation Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Flint: Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse (in Port Hope), Central United Methodist Church (in Lansing) and The Huron County Nature Center & Wilderness Arboretum (in Port Austin). The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at EpIQ Escapes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, browse the exhibits of Whaley House Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Flint journey maker website .

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Flint takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Detroit.

Things to do in Flint

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Lansing, Ye Ole Carriage Shop, EpIQ Escapes, Linden Mills, Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum
Highlights from your plan
Shiawassee Arts Center ©
Shiawassee Arts Center
Seven Ponds Nature Center ©
Seven Ponds Nature Center
Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse
Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Paint Creek Trail and Oakwood Metropark Nature Center. You'll explore and learn at Detroit Institute of Arts and The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. Explore Detroit's surroundings by going to Crosswinds Marsh (in New Boston), Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Ypsilanti) and Decode Ann Arbor (in Ann Arbor). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, don't miss a visit to Yates Cider Mill, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Florian Catholic Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St. Mary's Church.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Detroit tour itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Flint to Detroit in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Dearborn, New Boston, Decode Ann Arbor, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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