5 days in Michigan Itinerary

5 days in Michigan Itinerary

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5 days in Michigan Itinerary

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

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Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): examine the collection at The Henry Ford, see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, and then contemplate the long history of Motown Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St. Mary's Church, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront, and finally partake in some friendly competition at Decode Ann Arbor.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dearborn day trip planner.

Fort Wayne to Dearborn is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Detroit, Decode Ann Arbor
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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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Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Munising trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Dearborn to Munising in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In October, Munising is slightly colder than Dearborn - with highs of 57°F and lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 15th (Tue), learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Museums
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

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Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, then cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Empire holiday planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Empire in 5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Empire are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Empire

Historic Sites Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Point Betsie Lighthouse
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Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

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