6 days in Michigan Itinerary

6 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
— 1 night
Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Grand Rapids
— 1 night



— 1 night
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 11th (Fri), see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford and then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, then steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, and then see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dearborn trip itinerary planning site.

Nashville to Dearborn is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Dearborn. In June, Dearborn is little chillier than Nashville - with highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 13th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Mackinac Island trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Dearborn to Mackinac Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dearborn in June, with highs in Mackinac Island at 67°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, make a trip to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Traverse City trip simple and quick.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Traverse City by combination of ferry and bus takes about 5 hours. While traveling from Mackinac Island, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Traverse City, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Grand Rapids

— 1 night

Furniture City

The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at John Ball Zoo, then examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Grand Rapids trip planner.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Grand Rapids takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

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.