7 days in Michigan Itinerary

7 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip planner

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit
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Dearborn
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mears
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint Joseph
— 1 night
Drive

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Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 6th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and then contemplate the long history of Fort Mackinac.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island road trip website.

Chicago to Mackinac Island is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect Mackinac Island to be little chillier, temps between 72°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature · Parks · Tours · Museums

Dearborn

— 1 night
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 7th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St. Mary's Church, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, then contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and finally examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Dearborn road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Dearborn takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mackinac Island in August: highs in Dearborn hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grand Rapids

— 2 nights

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.
On the 8th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market, stroll through Holland State Park Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oval Beach.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Grand Rapids trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Dearborn to Grand Rapids takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Mears.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mears

— 1 night
Golden Township is a civil township of Oceana County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Michigan's Adventure and then kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mears road trip website.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Mears takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Rapids in August, expect nights in Mears to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Saint Joseph.

Things to do in Mears

Theme Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Saint Joseph

— 1 night
St. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): have fun and explore at Curious Kids' Museum, then find something for the whole family at Silver Beach Carousel, then walk around Whirlpool Compass Fountain, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Beach County Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Saint Joseph online trip maker.

Getting from Mears to Saint Joseph by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Saint Joseph can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Saint Joseph

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

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.