32 days in Michigan Itinerary

32 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
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Frankenmuth
— 2 nights
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Dearborn
— 3 nights
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
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Mackinac Island
— 5 nights
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Paradise
— 2 nights
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Munising
— 4 nights
8
Marquette
— 2 nights
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Ontonagon
— 7 nights

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Butler Street, Windmill Island Gardens, Nelis' Dutch Village, and other attractions. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Rapids side-trips: Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and American Spoon (in Saugatuck). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, look and learn at Grand Rapids Public Museum, admire the masterpieces at Grand Rapids Art Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at John Ball Zoo.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Grand Rapids road trip planning app.

Zeeland to Grand Rapids is an approximately half hour car ride. In October, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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

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Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Your day by day itinerary now includes Popcorn Wagon Frankenmuth. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then stop by Popcorn Wagon Frankenmuth, and finally stroll around Wilkommen Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): do a tasting at St. Julian Winery and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Frankenmuth itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Frankenmuth can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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. Julian Winery ©
St. Julian Winery

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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): admire nature's wide array of creatures 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: admire the natural beauty at Henry Ford Estate, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then examine the collection at Dearborn Historical Museum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Dearborn Brewing.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dearborn itinerary planner.

Drive from Frankenmuth to Dearborn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Dearborn sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. 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
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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. Change things up with a short trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, enjoy the sea views from Mission Point Lighthouse, learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, and wander the streets of Front Street.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City route planning tool.

You can fly from Dearborn to Traverse City in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time 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
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

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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 much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, don't miss a visit to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, and admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island tour website.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in October, plan for little chillier days in Mackinac Island, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 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

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Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paradise vacation app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Mackinac Island in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Paradise, with lows of 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car 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

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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. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, look for gifts at Upper Peninsula Inspired, and try for a hole-in-one at Miners Falls Mini Golf.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Munising online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Paradise to Munising in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

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

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Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): stop by Downtown Marquette, admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blackrocks Brewery. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Marquette Maritime Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Marquette trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Munising to Marquette takes an hour. Traveling from Munising in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 37°F in Marquette. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Marquette

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Downtown Marquette ©
Downtown Marquette
Marquette Maritime Museum ©
Marquette Maritime Museum

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Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Brockway Mountain Drive (in Copper Harbor) and Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton).

You can plan Ontonagon trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Marquette to Ontonagon. In October in Ontonagon, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 39°F at night. You will leave for home on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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