7 days in Michigan Itinerary

7 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Detroit
— 1 day
Drive
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Brighton
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 2 nights
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Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit

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Detroit

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then contemplate the long history of Motown Museum.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Detroit road trip planning website.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Detroit. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Brighton.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Brighton

Brighton is a suburb in metro Detroit located in the southeast portion of Livingston County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): play a few rounds at The Preserve Golf Club, walk around Kensington Metropark, then stroll the grounds of Michigan War Dog Memorial, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Island Lake State Recreation Area.

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Getting from Detroit to Brighton by car takes about an hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Brighton when traveling from Detroit in August, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Brighton

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Oval Beach, stroll through Saugatuck Dune Rides, and then kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Cascade Peace Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Grand Rapids vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Brighton to Grand Rapids in 2 hours. August in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Munising.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by UP-Scale Art, then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Munising road trip tool.

Drive from Grand Rapids to Munising in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Grand Rapids in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Munising, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the galleries of Liberty Lego Display, discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally steep yourself in history at Trinity Church.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip website.

Traveling by combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Mackinac Island can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.