7 days in Michigan Itinerary

7 days in Michigan Itinerary

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7 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Frankenmuth
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus + Ferry:  4​h 15​min
4
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Dearborn
— 2 nights
Bus:  15​min
End: Detroit

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day
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Frankenmuth tour itinerary maker .

Detroit to Frankenmuth is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in November, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Museums
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Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Michigan Heroes Museum ©
Michigan Heroes Museum

1
night
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 18th (Mon), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and finally stroll around Grand Ravines Dog Park.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids vacation builder tool .

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Grand Ravines Dog Park
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Mission Point Lighthouse and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trip

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Trinity Church, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island travel route builder tool .

Getting from Traverse City to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Dearborn.

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

2
nights
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and finally examine the collection at Greenfield Village. On the next day, take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront, get your game on at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, then put a fun spin on your tour with Decode Ann Arbor, and finally walk around Kellogg Park.

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You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Mackinac Island to Dearborn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in November, expect nights in Dearborn to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Detroit, Kellogg Park, Decode Ann Arbor, BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

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