41 days in Michigan Itinerary

41 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Saint Ignace
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marquette
— 3 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ontonagon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ludington
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint Joseph
— 4 nights
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 2 nights
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Dearborn
— 4 nights
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Mackinac Island

— 3 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island online holiday maker.

Washington DC to Mackinac Island is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Washington DC in July, things will get little chillier in Mackinac Island: highs are around 73°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Saint Ignace

— 3 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Ignace: Sault Ste. Marie (Riverstone Gallery & Soo Locks), Paradise (Tahquamenon Falls, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, &more) and Little Traverse Wheelway (in Petoskey). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park, and enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saint Ignace day trip app.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Saint Ignace by ferry takes about an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Marquette

— 3 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Marquette is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, explore the activities along Dead River Falls, stop by Downtown Marquette, and make a trip to Upper Peninsula.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Marquette trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Saint Ignace to Marquette takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Saint Ignace in July, Marquette is a bit cooler at night with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Munising

— 5 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munising: Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park) and Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, and admire the sheer force of Miners Falls.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Munising online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marquette to Munising takes 1.5 hours. In July in Munising, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 3 nights
When in Ontonagon, make a side trip to see Mineral Museum of Michigan in Houghton, approximately Houghton away.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ontonagon vacation website.

Traveling by car from Munising to Ontonagon takes 3 hours. July in Ontonagon sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 5 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Traverse City side-trips: Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor), Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, &more) and Crystal Lake (in Frankfort). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, and stop by Light of Day Organics.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Traverse City online visit planner.

Getting from Ontonagon to Traverse City by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ludington

— 4 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Explore Ludington's surroundings by going to Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables (in New Era), Mears (Little Sable Point Lighthouse & Off-Road Tours) and Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light, walk around Ludington Waterfront Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ludington online travel planner.

You can drive from Traverse City to Ludington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Ludington are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Grand Rapids

— 4 nights

Furniture City

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners), Saugatuck (Oval Beach, Fenn Valley Vineyards - Saugatuck Tasting Room, &more) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in South Haven). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, don't miss a visit to Rockford Dam Overlook, immerse yourself in nature at Grand Haven State Park, and hike along Cascade Peace Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grand Rapids day trip tool.

Getting from Ludington to Grand Rapids by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ludington in July: highs in Grand Rapids hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Saint Joseph

— 4 nights
St. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Joseph: RedBud Motocross (in Buchanan) and New Buffalo (Galien River County Park & New Buffalo Public Beach). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Silver Beach Carousel, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, stroll around Tiscornia Park, and visit a coastal fixture at St. Joseph Lighthouses.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Saint Joseph journey planner.

Drive from Grand Rapids to Saint Joseph in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Saint Joseph, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Frankenmuth

— 2 nights
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): walk around Wenonah Park, then walk around Carroll Park, and then experience rural life at Grandpa Tiny's Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then walk around Wilkommen Park, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Frankenmuth day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Saint Joseph to Frankenmuth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, train, and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Frankenmuth are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Dearborn

— 4 nights
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Venture out of the city with trips to Flint Institute of Arts (in Flint) and Michigan War Dog Memorial (in South Lyon). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront, admire the majestic nature at William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, and get outside with Dequindre Cut.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dearborn trip tool.

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Dearborn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Frankenmuth in August, Dearborn is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

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.