32 days in Michigan Itinerary

32 days in Michigan Itinerary

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32 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Zeeland
Drive:  45​min
1
Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Frankenmuth
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Dearborn
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Traverse City
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 30​min
5
Mackinac Island
— 5 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h
6
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Munising
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Marquette
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Ontonagon
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: Zeeland

3
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've added Butler Street, Windmill Island Gardens, Nelis' Dutch Village, and other attractions to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to American Spoon (in Saugatuck) and Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, take an in-depth tour of Grand Rapids Public Museum, get to know the resident critters at John Ball Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Grand Rapids online attractions planner .

Zeeland to Grand Rapids is an approximately half hour car ride. In October in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Saugatuck, Holland, Gilmore Car Museum, Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

2
nights
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Popcorn Wagon Frankenmuth. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then look for gifts at Popcorn Wagon Frankenmuth, and finally stroll around Wilkommen Park. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at St. Julians Winery and then explore the fascinating landscape at Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Frankenmuth travel planner .

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Wineries Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
St. Julians Winery ©
St. Julians Winery

3
nights
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Detroit Zoo as well as Toledo Zoo. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): meet the residents at Toledo Zoo and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Detroit Zoo. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Henry Ford Estate, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then examine the collection at Dearborn Historical Museum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Dearborn Brewing.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dearborn trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Frankenmuth to Dearborn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Dearborn

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Toledo Zoo, Detroit Zoo
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Toledo Zoo ©
Toledo Zoo
Detroit Zoo ©
Detroit Zoo

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shady Lane Cellars, Longview Winery and Cherry Republic of Traverse City. Take a break from Traverse City with a short trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, shop like a local with Front Street, explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and visit a coastal fixture at Old Mission Lighthouse.

To find out how to plan a trip to Traverse City, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Dearborn to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Suttons Bay, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours

5
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Murdick's Fudge, Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island and Mackinac Revealed. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, look for gifts at Caddywampus, don't miss a visit to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!, and learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Traverse City in October: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 43°F. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

2
nights
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paradise trip 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 and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in October, Paradise is a bit cooler at night with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Whitefish Point Light ©
Whitefish Point Light
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park

4
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tours as well as Pictured Rocks Cruises. Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, putt your heart out at Miners Falls Mini Golf, and look for gifts at Upper Peninsula Inspired.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Munising trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks Cruises ©
Pictured Rocks Cruises
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls

2
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): wander the streets of Downtown Marquette, then stroll around Presque Isle Park, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Blackrocks Brewery. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Marquette Maritime Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Marquette online itinerary planner .

Drive from Munising to Marquette in an hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Marquette when traveling from Munising in October, with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Marquette

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Downtown Marquette ©
Downtown Marquette
Blackrocks Brewery ©
Blackrocks Brewery

7
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Ontonagon: Brockway Mountain Drive (in Copper Harbor) and Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton). There's more to do: explore the activities along Lake of the Clouds and delve into the lush surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ontonagon attractions tool .

You can drive from Marquette to Ontonagon in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ontonagon are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. On the 31st (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Brockway Mountain Drive, Mineral Museum of Michigan
Highlights from your plan
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park
Mineral Museum of Michigan ©
Mineral Museum of Michigan

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