36 days in Michigan & Santa Clarita Itinerary

36 days in Michigan & Santa Clarita Itinerary

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Dearborn
— 3 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
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Ludington
— 2 nights
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Traverse City
— 4 nights
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Petoskey
— 3 nights
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
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Paradise
— 1 night
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Munising
— 4 nights
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Marquette
— 3 nights
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Ontonagon
— 3 nights
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Santa Clarita
— 5 nights

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Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Take a break from the city and head to Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Parker Mill Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dearborn: Macomb Orchard Trail (in Richmond), Great Lakes National Cemetery (in Holly) and Bronner's Christmas Wonderland (in Frankenmuth). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, partake in some friendly competition at Decode Ann Arbor, steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dearborn attractions planner.

New York City to Dearborn is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May in Dearborn, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ann Arbor, Detroit, Macomb Orchard Trail, Great Lakes National Cemetery, Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Matthaei Botanical Gardens ©
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Holland State Park Beach and Cascade Peace Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Holland (Windmill Island Gardens & Fishing Charters & Tours), Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and Saugatuck (Oval Beach & Ravines Golf Club). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Midland City Forest, stroll through Fred Meijer Heartland Trail, and examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

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

Traveling by car from Dearborn to Grand Rapids takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Holland, Saugatuck, Fred Meijer Heartland Trail, Gilmore Car Museum, Midland City Forest
Highlights from your plan
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ©
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach

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Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): walk around Stearns Park, admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Father Jacques Marquette Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): grab your bike and head to William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access, and then trek along Silver Lake State Park.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ludington road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Ludington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Grand Rapids in May, with highs in Ludington at 65°F and lows at 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Hart, Silver Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access ©
Silver Lake State Park ©
Silver Lake State Park

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: Betsie Valley Trail (in Frankfort), Empire (Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Empire Bluff Trail, &more) and Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve (in Arcadia). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, look for gifts at Horizon Books, and browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Traverse City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ludington to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Traverse City sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Empire, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, Betsie Valley Trail, Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Get outdoors at Little Traverse Wheelway and North Western State Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Jordan River Valley (in East Jordan), Arts & Adventure at BrassWind Landing (in Indian River) and Mackinac Bridge (in Saint Ignace). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Oden State Fish Hatchery, admire the majestic nature at Petoskey State Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Boyne City Farmer's Market, and take a stroll through Historic Gaslight District.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Petoskey trip maker site.

Drive from Traverse City to Petoskey in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Traverse City in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Petoskey, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Boyne City, The Oden State Fish Hatchery, Jordan River Valley, Arts & Adventure at BrassWind Landing, Mackinac Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Petoskey State Park ©
Petoskey State Park
Jordan River Valley ©
Jordan River Valley

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Arch Rock and Mackinac Island State Park. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and tee off at Wawashkamo Golf Club.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Petoskey to Mackinac Island in 3 hours. In May in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

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Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paradise driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In June in Paradise, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

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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. Take a break from the city and head to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Munising Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)) and Garden Bay Winery (in Cooks). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Munising day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Paradise to Munising takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Manistique, Garden Bay Winery
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls

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Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Sugarloaf Mountain and Presque Isle Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Marquette: Fumee Lake Natural Area (in Iron Mountain) and Lower Silver Falls (in Baraga). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, trek along Iron Ore Heritage Trail, see the interesting displays at Michigan Iron Industry Museum, and relax in the rural setting at Jilbert Dairy.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Marquette trip planner.

You can drive from Munising to Marquette in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fumee Lake Natural Area, Michigan Iron Industry Museum, Lower Silver Falls
Highlights from your plan
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Lower Silver Falls ©
Lower Silver Falls

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Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Escape the urban bustle at Bond Falls and Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ontonagon: Ironwood (Copper Peak & Ironwood Historic Depot & Museum) and Copper World (in Calumet).

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ontonagon trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Marquette to Ontonagon. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Clarita.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ironwood, Copper World, Adventure Mining Company
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park
Copper Peak ©
Copper Peak

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Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita ©
Santa Clarita, officially the City of Santa Clarita, is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County, California, and the 24th largest in the state of California. Escape the urban bustle at Big Sycamore Canyon Hike and Backbone Trail. Explore Santa Clarita's surroundings by going to Prime Desert Woodland Preserve (in Lancaster), Camarillo Public Library (in Camarillo) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain, trek along Rocky Peak Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Running Horse Ranch, and walk around Malibu Creek State Park.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Clarita road trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Ontonagon to Santa Clarita with the Route module. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Ontonagon to Santa Clarita due to the time zone difference. In June, Santa Clarita is a bit warmer than Ontonagon - with highs of 83°F and lows of 65°F. You will leave for home on the 19th (Fri).

Things to do in Santa Clarita

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Simi Valley, Malibu, Prime Desert Woodland Preserve, Camarillo Public Library, Big Sycamore Canyon Hike
Highlights from your plan
Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch
Solstice Canyon ©
Solstice Canyon
Prime Desert Woodland Preserve ©
Prime Desert Woodland Preserve

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