7 days in United States Itinerary

7 days in United States Itinerary

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7 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Traverse City
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Glen Arbor
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Norfolk

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night
Traverse City

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 4th (Wed), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery and then shop like a local with The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): make a trip to Old Mission Lighthouse, wander the streets of Front Street, then look for gifts at American Spoon, and finally sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Traverse City travel route planner.

Norfolk to Traverse City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Norfolk in September, expect Traverse City to be slightly colder, temps between 74°F and 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Glen Arbor.

Things to do in Traverse City

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Beer Tastings & Tours
Old Mission Lighthouse ©
Old Mission Lighthouse

1
night
Glen Arbor

Glen Arbor ©
Glen Arbor Township is a civil township of Leelanau County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, and then look for gifts at Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Glen Arbor driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Glen Arbor takes an hour. In September, daytime highs in Glen Arbor are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Mackinaw City.

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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail ©
Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor ©
Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stop by JoAnn's Fudge, then steep yourself in history at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, then walk around Colonial Michilimackinac, and finally take an in-depth tour of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, get engrossed in the history at Mackinaw Bridge Museum, then examine the collection at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc., and finally get your game on at Spy Quest Laser Maze.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mackinaw City trip planner .

You can drive from Glen Arbor to Mackinaw City in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

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Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Colonial Michilimackinac ©
Colonial Michilimackinac

2
nights
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
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 9th (Mon): examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Leonardo da Vinci's Horse. On the next day, admire the striking features of Meyer May House, then take an in-depth tour of Grand Rapids Public Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Grand Rapids Art Museum.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Grand Rapids day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Mackinaw City to Grand Rapids takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Mackinaw City in September, you will find days in Grand Rapids are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

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Room Escape Games
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

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