4 days in Michigan Itinerary

4 days in Michigan Itinerary

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4 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  5 h
1
Traverse City
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  2 h 15 min
2
Dearborn
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Fri), wander the streets of Front Street and then browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, then learn about winemaking at Good Harbor Vineyards, then sample the fine beverages at Northern Latitudes Distillery, and finally do a tasting at Suttons Bay Ciders.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Traverse City day trip planning site .

Washington DC to Traverse City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in January, with highs in Traverse City at 29°F and lows at 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Traverse City

Shopping Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lake Leelanau, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Suttons Bay Ciders
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©
Suttons Bay Ciders ©
Suttons Bay Ciders

2
nights
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 20th (Sun), examine the collection at The Henry Ford, buy something for everyone on your list at The Rust Belt Market, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally don't miss a visit to Campus Martius Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, take a stroll through Greektown, then browse the different shops at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, and finally browse the different shops at Somerset Collection.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dearborn online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Traverse City to Dearborn by combination of flight and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Dearborn, expect temperatures between 32°F during the day and 19°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Detroit, The Rust Belt Market, Somerset Collection, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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