60 days in Michigan Itinerary

60 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Saint Joseph
— 6 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 10 nights
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Ludington
— 6 nights
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Traverse City
— 8 nights
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Flint
— 7 nights
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Detroit
— 10 nights
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Marquette
— 7 nights
Fly to Duluth International Airport, Drive to Ironwood
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Ironwood
— 5 nights
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Saint Joseph

— 6 nights
St. Explore Saint Joseph's surroundings by going to New Buffalo (Four Winds Casino & Galien River County Park), South Haven (Decadent Dogs, South Haven Lighthouses, &more) and Journeyman Distillery (in Three Oaks). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Silver Beach County Park, stroll through Swiss Valley Ski Area, admire the natural beauty at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, and learn about winemaking at Hickory Creek Winery.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Joseph visit planner.

Chicago to Saint Joseph is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in March, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Rapids

— 10 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Grand Rapids side-trips: Portage (M Spa Salon and Day Spa & Air Zoo), Bell's Comstock Brewery (in Galesburg) and Lansing (Impression 5 Science Center, Michigan History Center, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, take in the waterfront at Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum, and admire the striking features of Meyer May House.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Saint Joseph to Grand Rapids in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in March, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Ludington

— 6 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ludington: Dublin General Store LTD (in Wellston), Manistee (First Street Beach, Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, &more) and New Era (Oceana Winery and Vineyard & Country Dairy). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, get curious at Michigan's Heritage Park at Hilt's Landing, grab your bike and head to William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail, and immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ludington itinerary planning site.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Ludington by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 8 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: Crystal Mountain (in Thompsonville), Nub's Nob (in Harbor Springs) and Petoskey (Odawa Casino, Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, &more). Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. There's lots more to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, do a tasting at Left Foot Charley Winery, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Traverse City trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Ludington to Traverse City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. March in Traverse City sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 21°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Flint.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Flint

— 7 nights
Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County, Michigan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Flint: Saginaw (Saginaw Veterans Memorial Plaza & Mid-Michigan Children's Museum), Center Avenue Historic District (in Bay City) and Midland (Dow Gardens & Chippewa Nature Center). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Flint Institute of Arts, hunt for treasures at Flint Farmers Market, browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and make a splash at Seymour Lake Township Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Flint trip planning app.

Getting from Traverse City to Flint by car takes about 3 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Flint

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Detroit

— 10 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Detroit side-trips: Heritage Park (in Taylor), Ann Arbor (Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, &more) and FasTrak Exotic Driving Experience (in Grosse Ile). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, take an in-depth tour of Holocaust Memorial Center, admire the natural beauty at Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St. Mary's Church.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Detroit trip maker website.

Drive from Flint to Detroit in 1.5 hours. In April in Detroit, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Marquette.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Marquette

— 7 nights
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. Explore Marquette's surroundings by going to Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge (in Eben Junction), Munising (Upper Peninsula Inspired, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, &more) and Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) (in Manistique). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, experience rural life at Jilbert Dairy, take an in-depth tour of Quincy Smelter, and ski along the peaceful trails at Swedetown Ski Trails.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Marquette trip planner.

Fly from Detroit to Marquette in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, Marquette is a bit cooler than Detroit - with highs of 43°F and lows of 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ironwood.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Ironwood

— 5 nights
Ironwood is a city in Gogebic County in the U.S. state of Michigan, about 18mi south of Lake Superior. Venture out of the city with trips to Ski Brule (in Iron River) and Ontonagon (Porcupine Mountains Ski Area, Presque Isle River, &more). There's lots more to do: glide through natural beauty at ABR Trails, stroll around Miners Memorial Heritage Park, pause for some photo ops at Downtown Miners Mural, and stroll through Mt. Zion Ski Hill & Overlook.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ironwood trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Marquette to Ironwood with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Marquette to Ironwood due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Ironwood are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ironwood

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

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.