60 days in Michigan Itinerary

60 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan tour planner

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Make it your trip
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Detroit
— 8 nights
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Frankenmuth
— 5 nights
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Lansing
— 8 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 8 nights
Drive
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Saint Joseph
— 7 nights
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Ludington
— 6 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 9 nights
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Munising
— 8 nights
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Detroit

— 8 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.
Family-friendly places like Detroit Institute of Arts and Detroit Zoo will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Detroit: Three Cedars Farm (in Northville), Ann Arbor (University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Law Quadrangle, &more) and Cranbrook Institute of Science (in Bloomfield Hills). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, admire the striking features of The Guardian Building, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium, and take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront.

Before you visit Detroit, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Atlanta to Detroit is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in April; daily highs in Detroit reach 57°F and lows reach 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Frankenmuth

— 5 nights
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Attractions like Bronner's Christmas Wonderland and Boat Tours & Water Sports make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Bay City (Center Avenue Historic District, Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, &more), Gallery 194 (in Lapeer) and Croswell Swinging Bridge (in Croswell). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, examine the collection at Frankenmuth Lager Mill, admire nature's extreme beauty at Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus, and experience rural life at Grandpa Tiny's Farm.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Frankenmuth online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Detroit to Frankenmuth by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daytime highs in Frankenmuth are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lansing.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lansing

— 8 nights
Lansing is the capital of the US state of Michigan. Kids will appreciate attractions like Impression 5 Science Center and Flint Institute of Arts. Venture out of the city with trips to Flint (Longway Planetarium, Flint Children's Museum, &more), Saginaw (Saginaw Veterans Memorial Plaza, Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, &more) and Sloan Museum (in Burton). Next up on the itinerary: gain insight at Michigan State University, make a trip to Lansing's First Capital Building, steep yourself in history at Alden Dow Home and Studio, and have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Branch County.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lansing trip builder.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Lansing in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Lansing are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Lansing

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Grand Rapids

— 8 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.
Family-friendly places like Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and Leonardo da Vinci's Horse will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Rapids side-trips: Portage ( Air Zoo & M Spa Salon and Day Spa), Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (in Kalamazoo) and Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Meyer May House, get engrossed in the history at Grand Rapids Public Museum, meet the residents at John Ball Zoo, and explore the world behind art at Muskegon Museum of Art.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids trip planner.

Drive from Lansing to Grand Rapids in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint Joseph

— 7 nights
St. Kids will appreciate attractions like Silver Beach Carousel and New Buffalo Public Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Joseph: New Buffalo (Evolve Spa, Oselka Marina, &more). There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at St. Joseph Lighthouses, tour the pleasant surroundings at Weko Beach Park, examine the collection at Krasl Art Center, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Joseph vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Saint Joseph takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Ludington

— 6 nights
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Kids will enjoy Sandcastles Children's Museum and Ludington State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ludington: Dublin General Store LTD (in Wellston), Montague Museum (in Montague) and Manistee (First Street Beach, Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse, &more). There's lots more to do: walk around Ludington Waterfront Park, take an in-depth tour of Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, admire the majestic nature at Silver Lake State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Stearns Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ludington online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Saint Joseph to Ludington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Traverse City

— 9 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.
Bring the kids along to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: Petoskey (Historic Gaslight District, North Western State Trail, &more), Raven Hill Discovery Center (in East Jordan) and Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark (in Boyne Falls). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Mission Point Lighthouse, explore the world behind art at Dennos Museum Center, trek along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, and admire all the interesting features of Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Traverse City trip builder site.

You can drive from Ludington to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Traverse City are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Munising.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Shopping

Side Trips

Munising

— 8 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Family-friendly places like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Munising Falls will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Tahquamenon Logging Museum (in Newberry), Fayette Historic State Park (in Garden) and Marquette (Jilbert Dairy, Sugarloaf Mountain, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, explore the activities along Chapel Rock and Beach, ski along the peaceful trails at Valley Spur, and delve into the lush surroundings at Hiawatha National Forest.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Munising holiday tool.

Drive from Traverse City to Munising in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Traverse City in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Munising: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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.