Trip With My Baby

Trip With My Baby

Taylor Forjone

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Watertown
— 1 night
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paradise
— 1 night
Drive to St Ignace, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Petoskey
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Petoskey
— 4 nights
Drive
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Empire
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ludington
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
Fly
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Detroit
— 4 nights
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Watertown

— 1 night
Watertown is a city in Dodge and Jefferson counties in the US state of Wisconsin. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): play a few rounds at Erin Hills Golf Course.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Watertown trip maker website.

Rochester to Watertown is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Rochester to Watertown is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Watertown can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Watertown

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 3 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Porcupine Mountains State Park and Presque Isle River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ontonagon: Ironwood (Copper Peak & Black River Harbor Recreation Area), Hancock (Quincy Mine & McLain State Park) and Nara Nature Park (in Houghton).

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ontonagon online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Watertown to Ontonagon in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Watertown to Ontonagon due to the time zone difference. July in Ontonagon sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Munising

— 4 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. For shopping fun, head to Lakenenland Sculpture Park or Open Wings Pottery & Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Miners Castle Rock and Palms Book State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Munising: Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) (in Manistique) and Marquette (Jilbert Dairy, Sugarloaf Mountain, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Sand Point Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, and delve into the lush surroundings at Hiawatha National Forest.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Munising online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Munising takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Paradise

— 1 night
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paradise trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Munising to Paradise in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Nature · Museums

Mackinac Island

— 3 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes. Take a break from the city and head to Arch Rock and Jewel Golf Course. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, and look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island.

Discover how to plan a Mackinac Island trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Paradise to Mackinac Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In July in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Petoskey

— 4 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Depot Beach and Michigan Beach Park. Get some historical perspective at Cross In The Woods National Shrine and Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Mackinaw City (McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, &more), Castle Rock (in Saint Ignace) and Castle Farms (in Charlevoix). There's still lots to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire the striking features of Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District, and appreciate the views at Bear River Valley Recreation Area.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Petoskey day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey takes 3 hours. In July in Petoskey, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Empire.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Empire

— 3 nights
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. We've included these beaches for you: Lake Michigan Beach Park and Frankfort Beach. Visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Empire: Fishtown (in Leland), Good Harbor Vineyards (in Lake Leelanau) and Crystal Mountain (in Thompsonville). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Empire Bluff Trail, trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, and look for gifts at Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Empire itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Petoskey to Empire takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Empire sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Ludington

— 4 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Get in touch with nature at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access and Ludington State Park. Visit Stearns Park and First Street Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Ludington: New Era (Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo & Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables), Manistee (Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary, &more) and Mears (Silver Lake State Park, Little Sable Point Lighthouse, &more). And it doesn't end there: stop by The Jam Farm, take in the spiritual surroundings of Father Jacques Marquette Shrine, enjoy the sea views from Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and get a taste of life in the country at Amber Elk Ranch.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Ludington trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Empire to Ludington in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Get some historical perspective at Meyer May House and South Haven Lighthouses. Take a break from the city and head to Oval Beach and Cascade Peace Park. Explore Grand Rapids' surroundings by going to Michigan's Adventure (in Muskegon), Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier (in Grand Haven) and Holland (Holland State Park Beach & Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, appreciate the history behind Leonardo da Vinci's Horse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Andrew, and see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Grand Rapids trip planner.

You can drive from Ludington to Grand Rapids in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ludington in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Grand Rapids, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can fly to Detroit.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Detroit

— 4 nights

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland and Greektown. Escape the urban bustle at The 577 Foundation and Maumee Bay State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Detroit: James H. McBride Arboretum (in Huron), Cedar Point (in Sandusky) and Oak Harbor (Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge & Magee Marsh Wildlife Area). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront, steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, and browse the different shops at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Detroit trip builder.

Fly from Grand Rapids to Detroit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · 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.