5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Fly
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Dearborn
— 1 night
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Grand Rapids
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Grand Rapids
— 1 day
Drive
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Coloma
— 1 night
Drive to South Bend Regional Airport, Fly to Durham

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Dearborn

— 1 night
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 7th (Wed), take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Greenfield Village, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St. Mary's Church, and finally examine the collection at Motown Museum.

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Durham to Dearborn is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Durham in August, things will get little chillier in Dearborn: highs are around 81°F and lows about 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island trip itinerary site.

Getting from Dearborn to Mackinac Island by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Dearborn in August, things will get little chillier in Mackinac Island: highs are around 72°F and lows about 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Grand Rapids

— 1 day

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 10th (Sat), examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Do a combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Grand Rapids in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in August, you will find days in Grand Rapids are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Coloma.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Coloma

— 1 night
Coloma is a city in Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 11th (Sun), experience rural life at Grandpa's Cider Mill, learn about winemaking at Contessa Wine Cellars Tasting Room, then look for gifts at Vineyards Gourmet, and finally relax in the rural setting at Jollay Orchards.

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You can drive from Grand Rapids to Coloma in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Coloma can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Coloma

Wineries · Shopping

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.