5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner

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Dearborn
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saugatuck
— 1 night
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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 6th (Thu), steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and then see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): examine the collection at The Henry Ford, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dearborn trip itinerary planner.

Chicago to Dearborn is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to Dearborn, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Dearborn sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and then examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum. Keep things going the next day: walk around Centennial Park, then stroll around Windmill Island Gardens, and then kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Grand Rapids road trip website.

You can fly from Dearborn to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saugatuck.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saugatuck

— 1 night
Saugatuck is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stop by American Spoon, make a trip to Butler Street, then learn about winemaking at Fenn Valley Vineyards, then enjoy the sea views from South Haven Lighthouses, and finally stroll around Coghlin Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Saugatuck trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Saugatuck in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Saugatuck

Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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.