44 days in Michigan Itinerary

44 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Detroit
— 6 nights
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Lansing
— 6 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 6 nights
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Traverse City
— 6 nights
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Petoskey
— 5 nights
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Ironwood
— 4 nights
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Munising
— 5 nights
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Marquette
— 5 nights
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Detroit — 6 nights

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Attractions like Detroit Institute of Arts and Motown Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Detroit: Seymour Lake Township Park (in Oxford), Ann Arbor (Kerrytown & Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum) and Mt Holly Ski Resort (in Holly). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, enjoy some diversion at FasTrak Exotic Driving Experience, get a new perspective on nature at DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, and look for gifts at Morley Candy Makers - The Home of Sanders Candy.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Detroit trip itinerary maker tool.

Newark to Detroit is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Newark in January, expect Detroit to be slightly colder, temps between 32°F and 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lansing.
Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
Side Trips

Lansing — 6 nights

Lansing is the capital of the US state of Michigan. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Impression 5 Science Center and Michigan State Capitol. Get out of town with these interesting Lansing side-trips: Bronner's Christmas Wonderland (in Frankenmuth), Horrock's (in Battle Creek) and Castle Museum (in Saginaw). The adventure continues: gain insight at Michigan State University, admire the masterpieces at Flint Institute of Arts, hunt for treasures at Flint Farmers Market, and get curious at Sloan Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lansing trip planner.

You can drive from Detroit to Lansing in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Lansing can reach 30°F, while at night they dip to 16°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.
Museums · Parks · Shopping · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Grand Rapids — 6 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and Grand Rapids Public Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners), Oval Beach (in Saugatuck) and Bittersweet Ski Resort (in Otsego). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Meyer May House, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at M Spa Salon and Day Spa, and explore the engaging exhibits at Grand Rapids Children's Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Grand Rapids online trip maker.

You can drive from Lansing to Grand Rapids in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 31°F, while nighttime lows are 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.
Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

Traverse City — 6 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Cross Country Ski Headquarters. Venture out of the city with trips to Caberfae Peaks (in Cadillac), Grayling (Wellington Farm & Hanson Hills Recreation Area) and Forbush Corner Cross-Country Skiing (in Frederic). There's much more to do: make a trip to Mission Point Lighthouse, cast your line with Reelin Leland Fishing Charters, do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Crystal Mountain.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Traverse City tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Traverse City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 29°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Petoskey.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Winter Sports
Side Trips

Petoskey — 5 nights

Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nub's Nob and Mackinac Bridge. Step out of Petoskey to go to Boyne City and see True North Trout, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District, experience rural life at Pond Hill Farm, fly down the slopes at Tommy's Ski and Wake School, and stroll through Boyne Mountain.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Petoskey tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Petoskey takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°F in January, and nighttime lows around 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Ironwood.
Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
Side Trips

Ironwood — 4 nights

Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. state of Michigan, about 18mi south of Lake Superior. Family-friendly places like Big Powderhorn Mountain and Ski Brule will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Ironwood: Ontonagon (Bond Falls, Porcupine Mountains State Park, &more). There's lots more to do: glide through natural beauty at ABR Trails, hit the slopes at Mt. Zion Ski Hill & Overlook, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ironwood planning tool.

Traveling by car from Petoskey to Ironwood takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Petoskey to Ironwood. Traveling from Petoskey in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 6°F in Ironwood. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Munising.
Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
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. Kids will appreciate attractions like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Valley Spur. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munising: Nature's Kennel Sled Dog Racing and Adventures (in McMillan), Days River Natural Trail (in Gladstone) and Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Munising trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Ironwood to Munising by car takes about 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°F in February, and nighttime lows around 11°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Marquette.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

Marquette — 5 nights

Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Attractions like Presque Isle Park and Sugarloaf Mountain make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Marquette side-trips: Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton) and Swedetown Ski Trails (in Calumet). The adventure continues: stroll through Lakenenland Sculpture Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hogback Mountain, wander the streets of Downtown Marquette, and admire the masterpieces at The DeVos Art Museum.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Marquette planning app.

Getting from Munising to Marquette by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Marquette when traveling from Munising in February, with lows around 5°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Museums · Nature · 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.