4 days in Michigan Itinerary

4 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan route builder
Make it your trip
— 1 day
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Traverse City
— 1 night
Saint Ignace
— 1 night


Detroit — 1 day

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
On the 25th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, and then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Detroit trip maker site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Detroit. In March in Detroit, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Grand Rapids.
Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Grand Rapids — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and then see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids road trip planner.

Fly from Detroit to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in March, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.
Parks · Museums

Traverse City — 1 night

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.
On the 27th (Sun), make a trip to Front Street and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saint Ignace.
Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Saint Ignace — 1 night

Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stroll around Bridge View Park and then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Saint Ignace day trip tool.

Getting from Traverse City to Saint Ignace by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Traverse City in March, plan for slightly colder days in Saint Ignace, with highs around 32°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

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.