60 days in Michigan Itinerary

60 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan itinerary planner
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Lansing
— 6 nights
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Detroit
— 8 nights
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Frankenmuth
— 6 nights
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Ironwood
— 4 nights
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Houghton
— 3 nights
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Munising
— 7 nights
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Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Petoskey
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Petoskey
— 7 nights
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Traverse City
— 8 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 8 nights
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Lansing — 6 nights

Lansing is the capital of the US state of Michigan. Explore Lansing's surroundings by going to Soaring Eagle Casino (in Mount Pleasant), Sloan Museum (in Burton) and Firekeeper's Casino (in Battle Creek). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Potter Park Zoo, gain insight at Michigan State University, get curious at Impression 5 Science Center, and contemplate the long history of R.E. Olds Transportation Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lansing travel route planner.

Kalamazoo to Lansing is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 33°F in February, and nighttime lows around 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Detroit.
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Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Casinos
Side Trips

Detroit — 8 nights

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: Auburn Hills (SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium & Great Lakes Crossing Outlets) and FasTrak Exotic Driving Experience (in Grosse Ile). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, stop by Pure Detroit, make a trip to Fisher Building, and get a new perspective on nature at DNR Outdoor Adventure Center.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Detroit trip builder site.

You can drive from Lansing to Detroit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February in Detroit, expect temperatures between 34°F during the day and 20°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Frankenmuth.
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Frankenmuth — 6 nights

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Frankenmuth: Port Sanilac Marina (in Port Sanilac), Gallery 194 (in Lapeer) and Croswell Swinging Bridge (in Croswell). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get some fabulous bargains at Birch Run Premium Outlets, indulge in some personalized pampering at Serendipity Day Spa, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Frankenmuth road trip website.

Traveling by car from Detroit to Frankenmuth takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February in Frankenmuth, expect temperatures between 31°F during the day and 16°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ironwood.
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Shopping · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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Ironwood — 4 nights

Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. state of Michigan, about 18mi south of Lake Superior. Get out of town with these interesting Ironwood side-trips: Ontonagon (Porcupine Mountains Ski Area, Porcupine Mountains State Park, &more). The adventure continues: glide through natural beauty at ABR Trails, fly down the slopes at Big Powderhorn Mountain, stroll through Mt. Zion Ski Hill & Overlook, and appreciate the history behind Downtown Miners Mural.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Ironwood day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Ironwood in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Frankenmuth to Ironwood is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Frankenmuth in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Ironwood, with lows of 16°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Houghton.
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Houghton — 3 nights

Houghton is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and largest city in the Copper Country on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Change things up with a short trip to Copper Harbor Bike Trail System in Copper Harbor (about 1h 5 min away). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Mineral Museum of Michigan, fly down the slopes at Mount Bohemia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mont Ripley, and glide through natural beauty at Swedetown Ski Trails.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Houghton trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ironwood to Houghton takes 2 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, daytime highs in Houghton are 31°F, while nighttime lows are 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Munising.
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Munising — 7 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munising: Tahquamenon Falls (in Paradise), Nature's Kennel Sled Dog Racing and Adventures (in McMillan) and Newberry (Tahquamenon Logging Museum & Crisp Point Lighthouse). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, and ski along the peaceful trails at Days River Natural Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Munising trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Houghton to Munising takes 3 hours. March in Munising sees daily highs of 33°F and lows of 19°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, get a taste of the local shopping with Maeve's Arts, and then play a few rounds at Wawashkamo Golf Club.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°F, and evening lows to 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Petoskey.
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Petoskey — 7 nights

Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Petoskey: McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site (in Mackinaw City), Sault Ste. Marie (Museum Ship Valley Camp & Soo Locks) and Mackinac Bridge (in Saint Ignace). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Nub's Nob, learn about winemaking at Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, try your luck at Odawa Casino, and make a splash at Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Petoskey driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey takes 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Petoskey can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Traverse City.
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Traverse City — 8 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Traverse City: Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore & Empire Bluff Trail), Forbush Corner Cross-Country Skiing (in Frederic) and Grayling (Wellington Farm & Hanson Hills Recreation Area). There's much more to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, do a tasting at Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room, ski along the peaceful trails at Cross Country Ski Headquarters, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Caberfae Peaks.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Traverse City tour planner.

You can drive from Petoskey to Traverse City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.
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Grand Rapids — 8 nights

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: Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners), Bell's Comstock Brewery (in Galesburg) and Portage (M Spa Salon and Day Spa & Air Zoo). And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids travel app.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Grand Rapids takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.
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Michigan travel guide

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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.
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