4 days in Michigan Itinerary

4 days in Michigan Itinerary

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4 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
subway + Fly:  3​h
1
Traverse City
— Few hours
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
3
Dearborn
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
End: Chicago

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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.
On the 24th (Fri), learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Traverse City tour builder app .

Chicago to Traverse City is an approximately 3-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Traverse City when traveling from Chicago in May, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 25th (Sat), brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in May, you will find days in Mackinac Island are slightly colder (58°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

1
night
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Comerica Park, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and finally see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Dearborn day trip website .

Getting from Mackinac Island to Dearborn by combination of ferry, bus, and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in May, expect Dearborn to be somewhat warmer, temps between 71°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums

Side Trip

Detroit
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Leonardo da Vinci's Horse.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Grand Rapids trip maker tool .

Getting from Dearborn to Grand Rapids by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Fun & Games Museums
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

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