60 days in Michigan Itinerary

60 days in Michigan Itinerary

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60 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Dearborn
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Frankenmuth
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Rapids
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ludington
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Traverse City
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Saint Ignace
— 4 nights
ferry:  15​min
7
Mackinac Island
— 6 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h
8
Paradise
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Munising
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Ontonagon
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Marquette
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

6
nights
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dearborn: Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, University of Michigan, & more), Michigan War Dog Memorial (in South Lyon) and George George Memorial Park (in Clinton Township). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, and admire the striking features of The Guardian Building.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Dearborn using our trip planner.

New York City to Dearborn is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in September: high temperatures in Dearborn hover around 75°F and lows are around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Dearborn

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Detroit, Ann Arbor, Detroit Zoo, Michigan War Dog Memorial, Macomb Orchard Trail
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

5
nights
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Midland (Dow Gardens, Chippewa Nature Center, & more), Flint Institute of Arts (in Flint) and The Preserve Golf Club (in Fenton). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, play a few rounds at Sugarbush Golf Course, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, and stroll around Wilkommen Park.

To find more things to do and tourist information, go to the Frankenmuth day trip website .

Traveling by car from Dearborn to Frankenmuth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Dearborn in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Frankenmuth, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Midland, Sugarbush Golf Course, The Preserve Golf Club, Fred Meijer Heartland Trail, Flint Institute of Arts
Highlights from your plan
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Flint Institute of Arts ©
Flint Institute of Arts

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Grand Rapids side-trips: Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners), Holland (Windmill Island Gardens, Holland State Park Beach, & more) and Confections with Convictions (in Kalamazoo). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, find something for the whole family at Silver Beach Carousel, admire the striking features of Meyer May House, and enjoy the sea views from South Haven Lighthouses.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Holland, Saint Joseph, Saugatuck, Muskegon, South Haven Lighthouses
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Room Escape Games

6
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Get out of town with these interesting Ludington side-trips: Manistee (Magoon Creek Park & Fifth Avenue Beach), Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart) and Mears (Little Sable Point Lighthouse & Silver Lake State Park). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Ludington State Park, visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, have fun and explore at Sandcastles Children's Museum, and experience rural life at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ludington online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Grand Rapids to Ludington by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

New Era, Manistee, Hart, Mears, Scottville Riverside Park
Highlights from your plan
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Ludington Waterfront Park ©
Ludington Waterfront Park

7
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: Empire (Empire Bluff Trail, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, & more), Petoskey (Little Traverse Wheelway, Historic Gaslight District, & more) and Charlevoix (Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix & John Cross Fisheries). And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and steep yourself in history at Fishtown.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Traverse City journey planner .

Traveling by car from Ludington to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Traverse City are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Empire, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Lake Ann Brewing Company, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway

4
nights
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint Ignace: Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River), Gaylord Golf Mecca (in Gaylord) and Sault Ste. Marie (Museum Ship Valley Camp & Soo Locks). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, enjoy the sea views from McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, contemplate the waterfront views at Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park, and examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc..

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Saint Ignace road trip website .

Drive from Traverse City to Saint Ignace in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Traverse City in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Saint Ignace, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mackinaw City, Sault Ste. Marie, Cross In The Woods National Shrine, Gaylord Golf Mecca
Highlights from your plan
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

6
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, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Mackinac.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip maker site .

Mackinac Island is just a short distance from Saint Ignace. In October, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. You'll set off for Paradise on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

2
nights
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): have fun and explore at Tahquamenon Logging Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, get engrossed in the history at Whitefish Point Light, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oswald's Bear Ranch.

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

Do a combination of ferry and car from Mackinac Island to Paradise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Paradise, with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Newberry
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls

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: Seney National Wildlife Refuge (in Seney) and Grand Marais (Grand Marais Maritime Museum, Sable Falls, & more). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, identify plant and animal life at Hiawatha National Forest, take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Chapel Rock and Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Munising trip planner .

You can drive from Paradise to Munising in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and shuttle. In October in Munising, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Marais, Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

5
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Explore Ontonagon's surroundings by going to Brockway Mountain Drive (in Copper Harbor), Copper World (in Calumet) and Eagle River Falls (in Eagle River). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bond Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Overlook, see the interesting displays at Mineral Museum of Michigan, and stroll through Porcupine Mountains State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ontonagon vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Munising to Ontonagon takes 3 hours. In November, daytime highs in Ontonagon are 39°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Marquette.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Copper World, Brockway Mountain Drive, Adventure Mining Company, Eagle River Falls, Quincy Mine
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park

5
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Marquette side-trips: Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park), Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park (in Deerton) and Garden (Historical Village Fayette Park & Fayette Historic State Park). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park, take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, view the masterpieces at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, and walk around Perkins County Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Marquette journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Marquette takes 2.5 hours. In November in Marquette, expect temperatures between 39°F during the day and 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Garden, Big Bay, Manistique, Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
Presque Isle Park ©
Presque Isle Park
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)

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