5 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Grand Rapids
— 1 night
— 1 night
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
Traverse City
— 1 night


Grand Rapids — 1 night

Furniture City

On the 19th (Fri), stroll around Centennial Park, stroll around Windmill Island Gardens, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and finally stroll around Roselle Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids road trip website.

Chicago to Grand Rapids is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to fly to Dearborn.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

Dearborn — 1 night

On the 21st (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenfield Village, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dearborn journey planner.

You can fly from Grand Rapids to Dearborn in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Dearborn sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.
Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Mackinac Island — 1 night

On the 22nd (Mon), learn something new at Forge a Memory, contemplate the long history of Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church.

Before you visit Mackinac Island, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Dearborn to Mackinac Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Dearborn in May, with highs in Mackinac Island at 58°F and lows at 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Traverse City.
Historic Sites · Classes · Nature · Parks

Traverse City — 1 night

Cherry Capital of the World

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Traverse City tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City takes 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mackinac Island in May: highs in Traverse City hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

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.