60 days in Michigan Itinerary

60 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan route planner

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Detroit
— 6 nights
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East Lansing
— 4 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 7 nights
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Saint Joseph
— 6 nights
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Ontonagon
— 6 nights
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Munising
— 6 nights
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Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 5 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Petoskey
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Petoskey
— 6 nights
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Traverse City
— 7 nights
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Frankenmuth
— 6 nights
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Detroit

— 6 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: Witch's Hat Depot Museum (in South Lyon), Ann Arbor (Law Quadrangle, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, &more) and George George Memorial Park (in Clinton Township). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, get engrossed in the history at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Detroit trip itinerary site.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Detroit. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to East Lansing.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

East Lansing

— 4 nights
East Lansing is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan directly east of Lansing, the state capital. Explore East Lansing's surroundings by going to Great Lakes National Cemetery (in Holly), Saginaw (The Lucille E. Andersen Memorial Garden & Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum) and Linden Mills (in Linden). There's lots more to do: gain insight at Michigan State University, hike along River Trail, engage your brain at Sloan Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Michigan State University Horticultural Gardens.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our East Lansing sightseeing planning site.

Drive from Detroit to East Lansing in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in East Lansing

Parks · Museums · Trails · Shopping

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.
Explore Grand Rapids' surroundings by going to Muskegon (The Monet Garden of Muskegon & Hackley and Hume Historic Site), Hemlock Crossing (in West Olive) and Holland (Centennial Park, Windmill Island Gardens, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Andrew, and steep yourself in history at W. K. Kellogg Manor House.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grand Rapids online day trip planner.

Drive from East Lansing to Grand Rapids in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Saint Joseph

— 6 nights
St. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Joseph: New Buffalo (Galien River County Park & Four Winds Casino) and RedBud Motocross (in Buchanan). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Beach County Park, have fun and explore at Curious Kids' Museum, identify plant and animal life at Sarett Nature Center, and take in the exciting artwork at Box Factory for the Arts.

Start your trip to Saint Joseph by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Saint Joseph takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Saint Joseph sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Ontonagon

— 6 nights
Explore Ontonagon's surroundings by going to Ironwood (Copper Peak, Black River Harbor Recreation Area, &more), Houghton (Mineral Museum of Michigan & Nara Nature Park) and Quincy Smelter (in Hancock).

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ontonagon trip planner.

You can drive from Saint Joseph to Ontonagon in 8.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Saint Joseph in June, with highs in Ontonagon at 69°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munising: Marquette (Lakenenland Sculpture Park, Sugarloaf Mountain, &more), Oswald's Bear Ranch (in Newberry) and Tahquamenon Falls (in Paradise). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Point Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Munising trip planner.

You can drive from Ontonagon to Munising in 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 5 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, relax and rejuvenate at Lilac Tree Spa, and tee off at Jewel Golf Course.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Munising to Mackinac Island by combination of car, bus, and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Petoskey

— 6 nights
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Petoskey: Mackinaw City (Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, &more), Hartwick Pines State Park (in Grayling) and Saint Ignace (Mackinac Bridge & Bridge View Park). There's lots more to do: grab your bike and head to Little Traverse Wheelway, view the masterpieces at Riverstone Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at The Oden State Fish Hatchery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Petoskey trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 7 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: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Grayling), Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire Bluff Trail, &more) and Sledheads of Frederic (in Frederic). And it doesn't end there: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in nature's colorful creations at The Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Traverse City driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Petoskey to Traverse City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Traverse City are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Frankenmuth

— 6 nights
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Get out of town with these interesting Frankenmuth side-trips: Dizzy Daisy Winery (in Bad Axe), Tawas Point State Park (in East Tawas) and Bay City (Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, Dobson Antique Toy and Firehouse Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at Port Crescent State Park.

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

You can drive from Traverse City to Frankenmuth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Frankenmuth can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Tours

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.