7 days in Michigan Itinerary

7 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Grand Rapids
— 1 day
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
— 1 night
— 1 night


Grand Rapids — 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and then see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids online vacation planner.

San Antonio to Grand Rapids is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Antonio to Grand Rapids. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Antonio in July: high temperatures in Grand Rapids hover around 82°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Traverse City.
Museums · Parks

Traverse City — 2 nights

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.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Traverse City itinerary builder.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Traverse City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Traverse City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.
Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trip

Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip builder tool.

Getting from Traverse City to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in July, plan for slightly colder days in Mackinac Island, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Munising.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Munising — 1 night

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then walk around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

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

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Dearborn.
Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors · Parks

Dearborn — 1 night

Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dearborn trip planner.

Fly from Munising to Dearborn in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Munising in July: high temperatures in Dearborn hover around 82°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Michigan travel guide

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.