60 days in Michigan Itinerary

60 days in Michigan Itinerary

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60 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Detroit
bus:  15​min
1
Dearborn
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Ontonagon
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Marquette
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Munising
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Mackinaw City
— 6 nights
ferry:  30​min
6
Mackinac Island
— 6 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
7
Traverse City
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Ludington
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Grand Rapids
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Detroit

6
nights
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Henry Ford and The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. Venture out of the city with trips to Flint (Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad & Flint Institute of Arts), Bronner's Christmas Wonderland (in Frankenmuth) and Decode Ann Arbor (in Ann Arbor). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Greenfield Village, meet the residents at Detroit Zoo, take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront, and contemplate the long history of Motown Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dearborn online trip itinerary planner .

Detroit to Dearborn is an approximately half hour bus ride. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Detroit, Royal Oak, Flint, Port Huron, Kellogg Park
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

6
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Mineral Museum of Michigan and Fort Wilkins State Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Hanka Homestead Museum (in Pelkie), Quincy Mine (in Hancock) and Bond Falls (in Paulding). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Bond Falls, cruise along Brockway Mountain Drive, get to know the fascinating history of Main Overlook, and explore the activities along Lake of the Clouds.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ontonagon trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dearborn to Ontonagon. Traveling from Dearborn in September, expect Ontonagon to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Marquette.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Copper Harbor, Adventure Mining Company, Mineral Museum of Michigan, Hanka Homestead Museum, Quincy Mine
Highlights from your plan
Mineral Museum of Michigan ©
Mineral Museum of Michigan
Quincy Mine ©
Quincy Mine
Hanka Homestead Museum ©
Hanka Homestead Museum

7
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lakenenland Sculpture Park and Downtown Marquette. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marquette: Perkins County Park (in Big Bay), Garden (Historical Village Fayette Park & Fayette Historic State Park) and Manistique (Lake Effect Art Gallery, Palms Book State Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Presque Isle Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iron Ore Heritage Trail, examine the collection at Marquette Regional History Center, and shop like a local with Bonifas Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marquette trip itinerary app .

Drive from Ontonagon to Marquette in 2.5 hours. October in Marquette sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Manistique, Garden, Escanaba, Perkins County Park, Michigan Iron Industry Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fayette Historic State Park ©
Fayette Historic State Park
Historical Village Fayette Park ©
Historical Village Fayette Park
Michigan Iron Industry Museum ©
Michigan Iron Industry Museum

6
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Get some cultural insight at Grand Marais Maritime Museum and Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center. Get out of town with these interesting Munising side-trips: Seney National Wildlife Refuge (in Seney) and Grand Marais (Pickle Barrel House Museum & Sable Falls). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, and contemplate the waterfront views at Chapel Rock and Beach.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Munising day trip planning tool .

Drive from Marquette to Munising in an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Marais, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, Autrain Falls
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center ©
Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center
Pickle Barrel House Museum ©
Pickle Barrel House Museum

6
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Get some cultural insight at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse and Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.. Explore Mackinaw City's surroundings by going to Sault Ste. Marie (Soo Locks & Point Iroquois Lighthouse), Paradise (Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point Light, & more) and Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, get great views at Castle Rock, walk around Colonial Michilimackinac, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Ojibwa Culture.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mackinaw City trip builder .

Getting from Munising to Mackinaw City by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Mackinaw City, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Paradise, Saint Ignace, Sault Ste. Marie, Cross In The Woods National Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

6
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Fort Mackinac and The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, make a trip to Is it you spot from Somewhere in Time movie!, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, and admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island visit planner.

Mackinac Island is very close to Mackinaw City. In October, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors Parks Golf
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church

8
nights
Traverse City

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.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and The Village at Grand Traverse Commons are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Traverse City: Petoskey (Little Traverse Wheelway & Historic Gaslight District), Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor) and Empire (Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive & Empire Bluff Trail). Next up on the itinerary: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, wander the streets of Front Street, grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City takes 4.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Empire, Charlevoix, Petoskey, Walk of Art, Northern Latitudes Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

6
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse and Ludington North Breakwater Light. Change things up with these side-trips from Ludington: Little Sable Point Lighthouse (in Mears), Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart) and Manistee (Fifth Avenue Beach, Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, & more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Ludington State Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Father Jacques Marquette Shrine, kick back and relax at Stearns Park, and grab your bike and head to William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ludington online day trip planner .

Getting from Traverse City to Ludington by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Ludington can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manistee, Whitehall, Hart, Rainbow Ranch, Montague Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Big Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Little Sable Point Lighthouse ©
Little Sable Point Lighthouse

8
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gilmore Car Museum and South Haven Lighthouses. Explore Grand Rapids' surroundings by going to Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo Valley Museum & Kalamazoo Institute of Arts), Muskegon (Hackley and Hume Historic Site & USS Silversides Submarine Museum) and Saugatuck (Fenn Valley Vineyards - Saugatuck Tasting Room, American Spoon, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach, and examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids trip maker website .

Drive from Ludington to Grand Rapids in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Saugatuck, Saint Joseph, Holland, Kalamazoo, Muskegon
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

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