5 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Detroit — 1 day

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 2nd (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenfield Village, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally contemplate the long history of Motown Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Detroit attractions planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Detroit. October in Detroit sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Frankenmuth.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Frankenmuth — 1 night

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then do a tasting at St. Julian Winery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Frankenmuth holiday planner.

You can drive from Detroit to Frankenmuth in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Detroit in October since evenings lows in Frankenmuth dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.
Wineries · Tours · Shopping · Outdoors

Traverse City — 3 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.
For shopping fun, head to The Village at Grand Traverse Commons or Front Street. Explore Traverse City's surroundings by going to Blustone Vineyards (in Lake Leelanau), Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (in Empire) and Longview Winery (in Suttons Bay). Next up on the itinerary: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Northern Latitudes Distillery, and learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City visit 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, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

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.