60 days in Michigan Itinerary

60 days in Michigan Itinerary

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60 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Madison
Drive:  4 h 15 min
1
Saint Joseph
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Grand Rapids
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Flint
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Detroit
— 7 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
5
Traverse City
— 6 nights
Bus + Ferry:  4 h 15 min
6
Mackinac Island
— 5 nights
Ferry + Bus:  2 h 15 min
7
Petoskey
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Alpena
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h
9
Munising
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
10
Copper Harbor
— 5 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
End: Madison

6
nights
Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph ©
St. Venture out of the city with trips to Four Winds Casino (in New Buffalo), Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve (in Niles) and South Haven (Gingerman raceway, Cogdal Vineyards, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Silver Beach Carousel, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the engaging exhibits at Curious Kids' Museum, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Corey Lake Orchards.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saint Joseph day trip planning website .

Madison to Saint Joseph is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Madison to Saint Joseph is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in April, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Outdoors Parks Wineries

Side Trips

South Haven, New Buffalo, Hickory Creek Winery, Sprague's Family Fun Farm, 12 Corners Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park
Silver Beach Carousel ©
Silver Beach Carousel
Fishing Charters & Tours

6
nights
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Rapids: Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners), Sanctuary Spirits (in Grand Ledge) and Holland (Holland State Park Beach, Windmill Island Gardens, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, see the sky in a new way at Grand Rapids Public Museum, admire the striking features of Meyer May House, and stop by Horrocks Farm Market.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Saint Joseph to Grand Rapids takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Flint.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Holland, Cascade Peace Park, Horrocks Farm Market, Fallasburg Covered Bridge, Sanctuary Spirits
Highlights from your plan
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ©
Room Escape Games
Meyer May House ©
Meyer May House

6
nights
Flint

Flint ©
Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County, Michigan. Explore Flint's surroundings by going to EpIQ Escapes (in Jackson), Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (in Auburn Hills) and Midland (Dow Diamond, Dow Gardens, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Michigan State University, explore the world behind art at Flint Institute of Arts, get a sense of history and politics at Michigan State Capitol, and don't miss a visit to Center Avenue Historic District.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Flint trip app .

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Flint takes 2 hours. In April in Flint, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Flint

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Midland, Lansing, Holly, Saginaw, Frankenmuth
Highlights from your plan
Michigan History Center ©
Michigan History Center
Flint Institute of Arts ©
Flint Institute of Arts
Dow Diamond ©
Dow Diamond

7
nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Detroit: Ann Arbor (Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Decode Ann Arbor, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, admire the striking features of The Guardian Building, head off the coast to Belle Isle Park, and steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Detroit trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Flint to Detroit takes 1.5 hours. May in Detroit sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Detroit

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Detroit Zoo, St. Florian Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Comerica Park ©
Comerica Park

6
nights
Traverse City

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Traverse City side-trips: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (in Empire), Arcadia Overlook (in Arcadia) and Ludington (Ludington State Park & Ludington Waterfront Park). Next up on the itinerary: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, tee off at Bahle Farms, fly down the slopes at Hanson Hills Recreation Area, and wander the streets of Front Street.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Traverse City sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Detroit to Traverse City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 43°F in Traverse City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ludington, Hodenpyl Dam, Bahle Farms, Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Arcadia Overlook
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park

5
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, wildlife, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, enjoy the sea views from Round Island Lighthouse, see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, and admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in May, plan for little chillier days in Mackinac Island, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors Parks Golf
Highlights from your plan
Jewel Golf Course ©
Jewel Golf Course
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

6
nights
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Petoskey side-trips: Gaylord (Aspen Park & Gaylord Golf Mecca), Sault Ste. Marie (Holy Name of Mary Church & Soo Locks) and Mackinaw City (Great Lake Light House Keepers, Colonial Michilimackinac, & more). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Tommy's Ski and Wake School, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cross In The Woods National Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nub's Nob, and do a tasting at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Petoskey driving holiday app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey takes 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Petoskey are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Alpena.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Charlevoix, Mackinaw City, Boyne City, Harbor Springs, Sault Ste. Marie
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

6
nights
Alpena

Alpena ©
Alpena is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alpena: Tawas City (Lumberman's Monument Park & Corsair Ski Trails), Oscoda (Lumberman's Monument & River Road Scenic Byway) and Rogers City (Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum, 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, & more). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, do a tasting at Thunder Bay Winery, appreciate the history behind Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, and don't miss a visit to Bailey School.

For reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Alpena trip itinerary app .

Getting from Petoskey to Alpena by car takes about 2 hours. In May in Alpena, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Alpena

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rogers City, Oscoda, Ossineke, Presque Isle, Tawas City
Highlights from your plan
Lumberman's Monument Park ©
Lumberman's Monument Park
Thunder Bay Winery ©
Thunder Bay Winery
Lee's Miniature Golf ©
Lee's Miniature Golf

6
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Tahquamenon Falls State Park (in Paradise), Grand Marais Maritime Museum (in Grand Marais) and Garden (Fayette Historic State Park & Historical Village Fayette Park). Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring nature at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, explore the activities along Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), and glide through natural beauty at Valley Spur.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Munising online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Alpena to Munising in 4 hours. Traveling from Alpena in June, expect nights in Munising to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Garden, Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Valley Spur ©
Valley Spur

5
nights
Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor ©
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Copper Harbor: Calumet (Swedetown Ski Trails & Copper World), Big Bay (Yellow Dog River & Perkins County Park) and Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton). There's lots more to do: cruise along High Rock Bay, admire the sheer force of Lower Silver Falls, admire the landmark architecture of Hanka Homestead Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hunter's Point Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Copper Harbor trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Munising to Copper Harbor in 5 hours. June in Copper Harbor sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Bay, Eagle Harbor, Calumet, Hanka Homestead Museum, Eagle River Falls
Highlights from your plan
Mineral Museum of Michigan ©
Mineral Museum of Michigan
Into the Woods Mini Golf and Gardens ©
Hunter's Point Park ©
Hunter's Point Park

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