4 days in Michigan Itinerary

4 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Traverse City
— 1 day
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
2
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit
3
Detroit
— 1 night
Drive
4
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
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Traverse City — 1 day

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City online travel route planner.

Chicago to Traverse City is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to Traverse City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Traverse City when traveling from Chicago in September, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.
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Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

Mackinac Island — 1 night

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 17th (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally get engrossed in the history at Fort Mackinac.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island travel planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in September, you will find days in Mackinac Island are slightly colder (67°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Detroit.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks

Detroit — 1 night

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 18th (Sun): examine the collection at Greenfield Village, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally see the interesting displays at Motown Museum.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Detroit holiday maker.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Detroit takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Mackinac Island in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Detroit: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Frankenmuth.
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Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Frankenmuth — 1 night

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, then stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Frankenmuth online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Detroit to Frankenmuth by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Detroit in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 51°F in Frankenmuth. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Tours

Michigan travel guide

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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.
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