5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Detroit
— 1 night
Fly
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Traverse City
— 1 night
Drive
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Petoskey
— 1 night
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
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Detroit

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then see the interesting displays at Motown Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, then contemplate the long history of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, and then take an in-depth tour of Detroit Historical Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Detroit online sightseeing planner.

Flint to Detroit is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In October, daytime highs in Detroit are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly to Traverse City.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Traverse City

— 1 night

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
On the 16th (Fri), sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Northern Latitudes Distillery.

You can plan Traverse City trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Detroit to Traverse City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Petoskey.

Things to do in Traverse City

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Petoskey

— 1 night
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 17th (Sat), explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway, learn about winemaking at Walloon Lake Winery, then kick your exploration up a notch at Wildwood Rush Zip Line Canopy Tour, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Bear River Valley Recreation Area.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Petoskey trip maker site.

Getting from Traverse City to Petoskey by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Petoskey can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 18th (Sun), learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Frankenmuth day trip planning site.

You can drive from Petoskey to Frankenmuth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In October, daytime highs in Frankenmuth are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · 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.