38 days in Michigan Itinerary

38 days in Michigan Itinerary

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38 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Syracuse
Fly + bus:  5​h
1
Dearborn
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Holland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Ludington
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Traverse City
— 8 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
5
Mackinac Island
— 4 nights
ferry:  30​min
6
Mackinaw City
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Munising
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Syracuse

4
nights
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Step out of the city life by going to Island Lake State Recreation Area and Paint Creek Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dearborn: The Preserve Golf Club (in Fenton) and Northville Watch & Clock Shop (in Northville). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, stop by Polish Art Center, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Detroit Zoo, and explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Dearborn trip itinerary builder tool .

Syracuse to Dearborn is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Holland.

Things to do in Dearborn

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Detroit, Northville Watch & Clock Shop, Ropertis Turkey Farm, Detroit Zoo, Polish Art Center
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Island Lake State Recreation Area ©
Motown Museum ©
Motown Museum

5
nights
Holland

Holland ©
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. Your inner history buff will appreciate Meyer May House and South Haven Lighthouses. We've included these beaches for you: Holland State Park Beach and North Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Holland: Pere Marquette Park (in Muskegon), Saint Joseph (Whirlpool Compass Fountain & Silver Beach County Park) and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (in Grand Rapids). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Oval Beach and make a trip to Windmill Island Gardens.

Before you visit Holland, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Dearborn to Holland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. June in Holland sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Holland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Grand Rapids, Saint Joseph, South Haven, Oval Beach, Pere Marquette Park
Highlights from your plan
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach

3
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Step out of the city life by going to Silver Lake State Park and Stearns Park. Popular historic sites such as Little Sable Point Lighthouse and Big Sable Point Lighthouse are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ludington Waterfront Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ludington day trip app .

Traveling by car from Holland to Ludington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Holland in June, with highs in Ludington at 73°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Silver Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Silver Lake State Park ©
Silver Lake State Park
Stearns Park ©
Stearns Park
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park

8
nights
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 Grass River Natural Area. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Mission Lighthouse and South Manitou Island Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Hartwick Pines State Park (in Grayling), Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club (in Arcadia) and Empire (Empire Bluff Trail & Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Front Street, learn about winemaking at Chateau Grand Traverse Winery, indulge your taste buds at American Spoon, and grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Traverse City road trip website .

Traveling by car from Ludington to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Empire, Suttons Bay, Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, Grass River Natural Area, Hartwick Pines State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive ©
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
Empire Bluff Trail ©
Empire Bluff Trail

4
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Get outdoors at Mackinac Island State Park and The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World. Get some historical perspective at St Anne's Catholic Church and Fort Holmes. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, contemplate the long history of Biddle House, and step off the mainland to explore Eagle Point Cave.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island holiday website .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in June, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church

6
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Tahquamenon Falls State Park and Little Traverse Wheelway. Popular historic sites such as Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Mackinaw City: Soo Locks (in Sault Ste. Marie), Oswald's Bear Ranch (in Newberry) and North Western State Trail (in Petoskey). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Starlite Beach, stroll through Colonial Michilimackinac, play a few rounds at Hidden River Golf and Casting Club, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinaw City journey planner .

Mackinaw City is very close to Mackinac Island. In June, daytime highs in Mackinaw City are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint Ignace, Petoskey, Hidden River Golf and Casting Club, Oswald's Bear Ranch, Soo Locks
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Oswald's Bear Ranch ©
Oswald's Bear Ranch
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

7
nights
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 Sand Point Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Manistique (Palms Book State Park & Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)), Seney National Wildlife Refuge (in Seney) and Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, and stop by Upper Peninsula Inspired.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Munising trip planning tool .

You can drive from Mackinaw City to Munising in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Manistique, Fayette Historic State Park, Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Palms Book State Park ©
Palms Book State Park
Miners Castle Rock ©
Miners Castle Rock

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