60 days in Michigan Itinerary

60 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner

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Detroit
— 5 nights
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Frankenmuth
— 6 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 7 nights
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Ludington
— 5 nights
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Traverse City
— 6 nights
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Saint Ignace
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Mackinac Island
— 6 nights
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
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Paradise
— 2 nights
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Ontonagon
— 5 nights
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Munising
— 6 nights
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Marquette
— 6 nights
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Detroit

— 5 nights

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Detroit: George George Memorial Park (in Clinton Township), The Preserve Golf Club (in Fenton) and Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad (in Flint). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Detroit Zoo.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Detroit trip itinerary builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Detroit. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Frankenmuth

— 6 nights
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Change things up with these side-trips from Frankenmuth: East Tawas (Tawas Point State Park & Tawas Point Lighthouse), Port Austin (Port Crescent State Park & The Huron County Nature Center & Wilderness Arboretum) and Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse (in Port Hope). There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, get some fabulous bargains at Birch Run Premium Outlets, and brush up on your military savvy at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Frankenmuth vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Detroit to Frankenmuth takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Detroit in August since evenings lows in Frankenmuth dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grand Rapids

— 7 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Rapids: Saint Joseph (Silver Beach Carousel, Whirlpool Compass Fountain, &more), Holland (Nelis' Dutch Village & Holland State Park Beach) and Oval Beach (in Saugatuck). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, view the masterpieces at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), find something for the whole family at Michigan's Adventure, and visit a coastal fixture at South Haven Lighthouses.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ludington

— 5 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Explore Ludington's surroundings by going to New Era (Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo & Stony Lake Stables), Mears (Little Sable Point Lighthouse & Off-Road Tours) and S.S. City of Milwaukee/ USCGC Acacia (in Manistee). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, explore the engaging exhibits at Sandcastles Children's Museum, stroll through Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, and kick back and relax at Stearns Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ludington day trip planning website.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Ludington in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Grand Rapids in August: highs in Ludington hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor), Fishtown (in Leland) and Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, &more). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a stroll through Front Street, browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and get a taste of the local shopping with Light of Day Organics.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City vacation planner.

Drive from Ludington to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Traverse City sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Saint Ignace

— 5 nights
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Ignace: Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River), Petoskey (Petoskey State Park, Little Traverse Wheelway, &more) and Soo Locks (in Sault Ste. Marie). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, take a leisurely stroll along Huron Boardwalk, and take an in-depth tour of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Ignace tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Traverse City to Saint Ignace in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Traverse City in September, plan for little chillier days in Saint Ignace, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 6 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, stroll through The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, take in the local highlights with Fort Mackinac, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island road trip tool.

You can ride a ferry from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Paradise

— 2 nights
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls and then admire the majestic nature at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light and then examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paradise itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Mackinac Island in September, plan for little chillier nights in Paradise, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Paradise

Museums · Nature · Parks

Ontonagon

— 5 nights
Explore Ontonagon's surroundings by going to Brockway Mountain Drive (in Copper Harbor), Miners Memorial Heritage Park (in Ironwood) and Quincy Mine (in Hancock).

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ontonagon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Paradise to Ontonagon in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Munising

— 6 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden), Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park) and Log Slide Overlook (in Grand Marais). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Alger Falls, and stroll through Oswald's Bear Ranch.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Munising holiday planner.

Getting from Ontonagon to Munising by car takes about 3 hours. September in Munising sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marquette

— 6 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Venture out of the city with trips to Iron Mountain Iron Mine (in Vulcan), Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook (in Big Bay) and U.P. Veterans Memorial (in Iron Mountain). There's still lots to do: walk around Presque Isle Park, have fun and explore at Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, examine the collection at Michigan Iron Industry Museum, and admire the sheer force of Morgan Falls.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Marquette day trip site.

You can drive from Munising to Marquette in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Marquette when traveling from Munising in September, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

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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.