34 days in Michigan & Los Angeles Itinerary

34 days in Michigan & Los Angeles Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Detroit
— 5 nights
Fly to Pellston, 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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Traverse City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 5 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 11 nights
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Detroit

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Detroit: Frankenmuth (Bronner's Christmas Wonderland & Boat Tours & Water Sports), The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall (in Livonia) and Castle Museum (in Saginaw). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and don't miss a visit to Sweetest Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Detroit trip itinerary builder.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Detroit is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 13 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Detroit. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May: high temperatures in Detroit hover around 25°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 3 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and look for all kinds of wild species at Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Detroit to Mackinac Island takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Detroit in May; daily highs in Mackinac Island reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Petoskey

— 4 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore Petoskey's surroundings by going to Hartwick Pines State Park (in Grayling), Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River) and Awakon Park (in Onaway). Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at North Western State Trail, learn about winemaking at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, look for gifts at Sturgeon River Pottery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Oden State Fish Hatchery.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Petoskey trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 4 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

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 (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire Bluff Trail, &more) and Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor). There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Music House Museum, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Traverse City tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Petoskey to Traverse City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Grand Rapids

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Rapids: Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners), Holland (Windmill Island Gardens, Holland Farmers Market, &more) and West Olive (Pigeon Creek County Park & Hemlock Crossing). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, deepen your understanding at Michigan State University, walk around Grand Ravines Dog Park, and steep yourself in history at Hackley and Hume Historic Site.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Grand Rapids trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Grand Rapids takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 11 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: La Jolla (Cuvier Park - The Wedding Bowl & La Jolla Cove), Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, &more) and San Diego (San Diego Model Railroad Museum, USS Midway Museum, &more). Pack the 19th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Grand Rapids to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Grand Rapids to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Tue).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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.