7 days in Michigan Itinerary

7 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan route planner

Make it your trip
— 1 night
Fly to Marquette, Taxi to Munising
— 2 nights
Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
Traverse City
— 1 night
Grand Rapids
— 1 night



— 1 night

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 17th (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then explore the galleries of Motown Museum.

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Charlotte to Detroit is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Charlotte in July: high temperatures in Detroit hover around 82°F and lows are around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip


— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, then kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Munising trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Detroit to Munising takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Detroit in July, things will get a bit cooler in Munising: highs are around 74°F and lows about 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 21st (Tue), brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

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Getting from Munising to Mackinac Island by combination of car, bus, and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Traverse City

— 1 night

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 22nd (Wed): play a few rounds at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, then grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 5 hours. When traveling from Mackinac Island in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Traverse City: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Golf

Grand Rapids

— 1 night

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 23rd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Meyer May House, take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and then get to know the resident critters at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park.

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Traveling by car from Traverse City to Grand Rapids takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Michigan travel guide

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.