4 days in Michigan Itinerary

4 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Grand Rapids
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Grand Rapids

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Grand Rapids Public Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew.

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Cleveland to Grand Rapids is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Cleveland in December, things will get a bit cooler in Grand Rapids: highs are around 36°F and lows about 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites


Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

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You can drive from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Frankenmuth can reach 35°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Detroit.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping · Outdoors · Museums · Tours


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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then walk around Kellogg Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, and then take a stroll through Campus Martius Park.

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Getting from Frankenmuth to Detroit by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in December, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

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.