7 days in Michigan Itinerary

7 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alpena
— 1 night
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Dearborn
— 1 night
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Grand Rapids

Furniture City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at Leonardo da Vinci's Horse. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum, do some rugged touring at Saugatuck Dune Rides, and then pick up some local products at Holland Farmers Market.

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Indianapolis to Grand Rapids is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Indianapolis in September since evenings lows in Grand Rapids dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Museums · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Traverse City

Cherry Capital of the World

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 15th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, then don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Traverse City day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Traverse City sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Alpena.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

1
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Alpena

Alpena is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): learn about all things military at Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, identify plant and animal life at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, then see the sky in a new way at Besser Museum, and finally do a tasting at Thunder Bay Winery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Alpena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Alpena takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Alpena, with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Alpena

Museums · Parks · Wineries · Wildlife

1
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Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, then stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Frankenmuth trip planner.

Getting from Alpena to Frankenmuth by car takes about 3 hours. September in Frankenmuth sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Museums

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Dearborn

Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 19th (Sat), examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and then contemplate the long history of Motown Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Dearborn tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Frankenmuth to Dearborn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Frankenmuth in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 58°F in Dearborn. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Michigan travel guide

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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.