4 days in Michigan Itinerary

4 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Traverse City
— 1 night
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
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Detroit
— 1 night

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Traverse City

— 1 night

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.
On the 28th (Mon), steep yourself in history at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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Detroit to Traverse City is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

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You can drive from Traverse City to Frankenmuth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Frankenmuth can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Detroit.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then look for gifts at Polish Art Center.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Detroit trip planner.

Drive from Frankenmuth to Detroit in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Detroit when traveling from Frankenmuth in September, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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.