7 days in Michigan Itinerary

7 days in Michigan Itinerary

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7 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  6​h
1
Detroit
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Ferry:  5​h 30​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry + Bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Traverse City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Houston

3
nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Detroit side-trips: Bronner's Christmas Wonderland (in Frankenmuth), Novi (BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League & Sri Venkateswara Temple & cultural centre) and Saginaw Veterans Memorial Plaza (in Saginaw). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, partake in some friendly competition at Decode Ann Arbor, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Detroit Historical Museum.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Detroit online itinerary builder .

Houston to Detroit is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Houston to Detroit. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Houston in December, with highs in Detroit at 37°F and lows at 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trips

Dearborn, Novi, Saginaw Veterans Memorial Plaza, Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, Decode Ann Arbor
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 11th (Wed), make a trip to Trinity Church, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island online tour planner .

Do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Detroit to Mackinac Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Detroit in December, expect Mackinac Island to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°F and 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Museums
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): steep yourself in history at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City holiday planner .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 4.5 hours. December in Traverse City sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours Shopping Historic Sites
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Beer Tastings & Tours
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©

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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.
On the 13th (Fri), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Andrew, then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Grand Rapids trip builder .

You can drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 36°F in December, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Room Escape Games
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

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