5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Fly
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Detroit
— 1 day
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 1 night
Drive
4
Mackinaw City
— 1 night
Ferry
5
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Syracuse

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Detroit

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Detroit Historical Museum, steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, and then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Detroit trip planning app.

Syracuse to Detroit is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Detroit can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites

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Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. On the 3rd (Sat), examine the collection at Frankenmuth Lager Mill, brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then explore the fascinating landscape at Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus, and finally look for gifts at Frankenmuth Cheese Haus.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Frankenmuth route planner.

Traveling by car from Detroit to Frankenmuth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Detroit in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Frankenmuth, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Museums

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Traverse City

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 4th (Sun), do a tasting at Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room, learn about winemaking at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, then do a tasting at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, then do a tasting at Peninsula Cellars, and finally learn about winemaking at Left Foot Charley Winery.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Traverse City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wineries

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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate the long history of McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Ojibwa Culture, then step aboard Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, and finally take an in-depth tour of Mackinaw Bridge Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mackinaw City online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Traverse City to Mackinaw City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Traverse City in October, you will find days in Mackinaw City are little chillier (55°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, browse the exhibits of Liberty Lego Display, then make a trip to Fort Holmes, and finally steep yourself in history at Biddle House.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island holiday tool.

Getting from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island by ferry takes about an hour. In October in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

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.