5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan planner

Make it your trip
— 1 day
Fly to Marquette, Taxi to Munising
— 2 nights
Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City, MI, Taxi to Empire
— 1 night



— 1 day
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): examine the collection at Greenfield Village, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

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Detroit to Dearborn is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip


— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 18th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Munising Falls and then look for all kinds of wild species at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Spray Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Dearborn to Munising in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Dearborn in August, expect Munising to be a bit cooler, temps between 74°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island vacation planner.

Getting from Munising to Mackinac Island by combination of car, bus, and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Empire.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums


— 1 night
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, then admire all the interesting features of Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Empire travel route planner.

Do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi from Mackinac Island to Empire in 5.5 hours. In August in Empire, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Empire

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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.