5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan travel route planner

Make it your trip
— 1 day
— 1 night
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Green Bay



— 1 day
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then play a few rounds at The Fortress Golf Course.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Frankenmuth tour itinerary planner.

Green Bay to Frankenmuth is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Green Bay to Frankenmuth. October in Frankenmuth sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Holland.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Outdoors · Golf · Shopping · Tours


— 1 night
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Saugatuck Dune Rides, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oval Beach, then browse the fresh offerings at Holland Farmers Market, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach.

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You can drive from Frankenmuth to Holland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In October, daytime highs in Holland are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Holland

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

Traverse City

— 2 nights

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 9th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Crystal Mountain, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and then wander the streets of Front Street.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Traverse City trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Holland to Traverse City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): make a trip to Liberty Lego Display, see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, tee off at Jewel Golf Course, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island online visit planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in October, you will find days in Mackinac Island are slightly colder (55°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors · Golf · Wildlife · Nature

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.