5 days in Michigan & Southeast Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan & Southeast Michigan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
— 1 night


Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and then deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Great Turtle Kayak Tours. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World and then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island holiday app.

Detroit 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 bus and ferry. Traveling from Detroit in August, expect Mackinac Island to be little chillier, temps between 72°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Grand Rapids

— 2 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.
On the 12th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Holland State Park Beach, do some rugged touring at Saugatuck Dune Rides, and then kick back and relax at Oval Beach. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, kick your exploration up a notch at TreeRunner Grand Rapids Adventure Park, and then get to know the resident critters at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park.

For traveler tips and tourist information, use the Grand Rapids online travel route builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Grand Rapids in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Mackinac Island, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Rapids, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trips


— 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.
On the 14th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Detroit online route maker.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Detroit in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Michigan travel guide

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.