7 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Traverse City
— 2 nights


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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Rapids: Wild West Ranch (in Allegan), Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and Bell's Comstock Brewery (in Galesburg). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, appreciate the history behind Leonardo da Vinci's Horse, look and learn at Grand Rapids Public Museum, and see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Grand Rapids online itinerary planner.

Peoria to Grand Rapids is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Peoria to Grand Rapids. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Peoria in March: high temperatures in Grand Rapids hover around 42°F and lows are around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Detroit.
Museums · Parks · Trails · Tours
Side Trips

Detroit — 2 nights

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 (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paint Creek Trail. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Detroit trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Detroit by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Detroit, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Traverse City.
Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips

Traverse City — 2 nights

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.
On the 10th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Detroit to Traverse City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Detroit in March since evenings lows in Traverse City dip to 21°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trips

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.