5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Fly
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Grand Rapids
— 1 day
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Ann Arbor
— 1 night
Drive
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Detroit
— 1 night
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Green Bay

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Grand Rapids

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 7th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and then pause for some photo ops at Leonardo da Vinci's Horse.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Grand Rapids trip planner.

Green Bay to Grand Rapids is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Museums

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Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. On the 8th (Thu), learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Frankenmuth tour builder website.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Ann Arbor.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

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Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): don't miss a visit to University of Michigan, then experience rural life at Three Cedars Farm, then experience rural life at Erwin's Orchard, and finally make a trip to Michigan War Dog Memorial.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ann Arbor journey planner.

Getting from Frankenmuth to Ann Arbor by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In October, daytime highs in Ann Arbor are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
On the 10th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts and then examine the collection at The Henry Ford.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Detroit trip builder tool.

Drive from Ann Arbor to Detroit in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Detroit when traveling from Ann Arbor in October, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums

Side Trip

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 11th (Sun), make a trip to Trinity Church, take an in-depth tour of Fort Mackinac, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, then look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, and finally see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary planning site.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Detroit to Mackinac Island in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Detroit in October: high temperatures in Mackinac Island hover around 55°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.