7 days in Michigan Itinerary

7 days in Michigan Itinerary

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7 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Detroit
1
Detroit
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Empire
— 1 night
bus + ferry:  4​h 45​min
4
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
5
Mackinaw City
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Detroit


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1
night
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.
On the 8th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of The Guardian Building, then see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and finally take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Motown Museum, get engrossed in the history at Detroit Historical Museum, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally explore and take pictures at Comerica Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Detroit road trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Detroit. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Rapids.

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Dearborn
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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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 10th (Wed), examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Leonardo da Vinci's Horse.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Grand Rapids trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Detroit to Grand Rapids in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In July in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Empire.

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Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

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Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, then explore and take pictures at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then admire all the interesting features of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Empire travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Grand Rapids to Empire in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Grand Rapids in July, you will find days in Empire are slightly colder (75°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

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Point Betsie Lighthouse
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Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): expand your understanding of the military at Fort Mackinac, admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Empire to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. July in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, then stroll through Colonial Michilimackinac, then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, and finally visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mackinaw City day trip tool .

Mackinaw City is very close to Mackinac Island. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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Mackinac Bridge
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Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Colonial Michilimackinac ©
Colonial Michilimackinac

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