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:  3​h
3
Munising
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Paradise
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry:  2​h
5
Mackinac Island
— 5 nights
ferry + bus:  2​h 15​min
6
Petoskey
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Traverse City
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Ludington
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Grand Rapids
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Frankenmuth
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​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.
Get out of town with these interesting Dearborn side-trips: Great Blue Heron Rookery (in Shelby Township), Ann Arbor (Decode Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, & more) and George George Memorial Park (in Clinton Township). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, admire the landmark architecture of The Guardian Building, stroll around Belle Isle Park, and have some family-friendly fun at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dearborn trip 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Dearborn

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Detroit, Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, Great Blue Heron Rookery, Kellogg Park
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Depot Town ©
Depot Town
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

6
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ontonagon: Hancock (McLain State Park & Quincy Mine), Bond Falls (in Paulding) and Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bond Falls, cruise along Brockway Mountain Drive, explore and take pictures at Keweenaw National Historical Park, and take a peaceful walk through Porcupine Mountains State Park.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ontonagon driving holiday website .

Explore your travel options from Dearborn to Ontonagon with the Route module. Traveling from Dearborn in September, things will get little chillier in Ontonagon: highs are around 68°F and lows about 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Calumet, Hancock, Copper Harbor, Adventure Mining Company, Mineral Museum of Michigan
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park

7
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munising: Seney National Wildlife Refuge (in Seney), Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park (in Deerton) and Sable Falls (in Grand Marais). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, contemplate the waterfront views at Chapel Rock and Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Munising tour planner.

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Munising takes 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park, Autrain Falls, Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, Sable Falls, Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Wagner Falls ©
Wagner Falls
Sand Point Beach ©
Sand Point Beach

3
nights
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Sault Ste. Marie (Riverstone Gallery, Soo Locks, & more) and Oswald's Bear Ranch (in Newberry). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, take an in-depth tour of Whitefish Point Light, contemplate the waterfront views at Tahquamenon Falls, and examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Paradise trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Munising to Paradise by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car. In October, daytime highs in Paradise are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Sault Ste. Marie, Oswald's Bear Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Whitefish Point Light ©
Whitefish Point Light

5
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: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mackinac Island online attractions planner .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Outdoors Golf
Highlights from your plan
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Jewel Golf Course ©
Jewel Golf Course
Fort Holmes
Fort Holmes

7
nights
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Petoskey: Mackinaw City (Colonial Michilimackinac, Nancy Dagwell Campbell Park, & more), Saint Ignace (Mackinac Bridge & Bridge View Park) and Cross In The Woods National Shrine (in Indian River). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Little Traverse Wheelway, admire the majestic nature at Petoskey State Park, do a tasting at Resort Pike Cidery and Winery, and wander the streets of Historic Gaslight District.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Petoskey online tour planner .

Getting from Mackinac Island to Petoskey by combination of ferry and bus takes about 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Petoskey can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mackinaw City, Saint Ignace, Manistique, Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, Crooked Vine Vineyard & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery ©
Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery
Walloon Lake Winery ©
Walloon Lake Winery

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Traverse City: Lake Leelanau (Good Harbor Vineyards & Blustone Vineyards), Empire (Empire Bluff Trail, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, & more) and Tandem Cider (in Suttons Bay). There's much more to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, don't miss a visit to Mission Point Lighthouse, learn about winemaking at Bowers Harbor Vineyards, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Traverse City fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Petoskey to Traverse City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Ludington.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Lake Leelanau, Empire, Tandem Cider, Leelanau Wine Cellars, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
Highlights from your plan
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©

5
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ludington: Little Sable Point Lighthouse (in Mears), Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart) and Rainbow Ranch (in New Era). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Father Jacques Marquette Shrine, and visit a coastal fixture at Big Sable Point Lighthouse.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ludington day trip website .

Getting from Traverse City to Ludington by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In November in Ludington, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manistee, Dublin General Store LTD, Little Sable Point Lighthouse, Rainbow Ranch, Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access
Highlights from your plan
Fifth Avenue Beach ©
Fifth Avenue Beach
Manistee Riverwalk ©
Manistee Riverwalk

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Rapids: Pere Marquette Park (in Muskegon), Holland (Holland State Park Beach, Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market, & more) and Saint Joseph (Whirlpool Compass Fountain, Silver Beach County Park, & more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, do a tasting at Fenn Valley Vineyards, look for gifts at The Pink Patio, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Grand Rapids trip planner .

You can drive from Ludington to Grand Rapids in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in November, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Saint Joseph, Saugatuck, Holland, Milham Park, Fenn Valley Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Bell's Comstock Brewery ©
Bell's Comstock Brewery

6
nights
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Frankenmuth: Flint Institute of Arts (in Flint), Midland (Dow Gardens & Chippewa Nature Center) and Oscoda Beach Park (in Oscoda). There's much more to do: stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, steep yourself in history at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, make a trip to Saginaw Veterans Memorial Plaza, and buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Frankenmuth trip planner .

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Frankenmuth are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Midland, Flint, Oscoda Beach Park, The Preserve Golf Club, Saginaw Veterans Memorial Plaza
Highlights from your plan
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Soaring Eagle Casino ©
Soaring Eagle Casino
St. Julians Winery ©
St. Julians Winery

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