5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

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5 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Empire
— Few hours
bus + ferry:  4​h 45​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
+2
ferry + bus + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Munising
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Dearborn
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Empire using our trip planner.

Chicago to Empire is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Empire due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chicago in July, with highs in Empire at 75°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

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Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Empire to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

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Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, and finally try for a hole-in-one at Miners Falls Mini Golf.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Munising day trip planning website .

Getting from Mackinac Island to Munising by combination of ferry, bus, and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In July in Munising, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

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Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally admire all the interesting features of Comerica Park.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dearborn trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Dearborn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Munising in July, expect Dearborn to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums

Side Trip

Detroit
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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