8 days in Michigan & Northfield Itinerary

8 days in Michigan & Northfield Itinerary

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Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Traverse City
— 1 night
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Drive to MBS International Airport, Fly to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport / Wold–Chamberlain Field, Drive to Northfield
— 2 nights


Grand Rapids — 1 night

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 4th (Mon), examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum and then see the sky in a new way at Grand Rapids Public Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Meyer May House and then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids trip planner.

Minneapolis to Grand Rapids is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. April in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Traverse City.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Traverse City — 1 night

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 6th (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Grand Rapids in April, you will find days in Traverse City are slightly colder (51°F), and nights are about the same (32°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to fly to Detroit.
Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails · Outdoors

Detroit — 2 nights

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then appreciate the history behind Michigan Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and then take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Detroit trip planner.

You can fly from Traverse City to Detroit in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Traverse City in April; daily highs in Detroit reach 57°F and lows reach 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Frankenmuth.
Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Frankenmuth — 1 night

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Frankenmuth travel planner.

Getting from Detroit to Frankenmuth by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Northfield.
Shopping · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Northfield — 2 nights

Northfield is a city in Dakota and Rice counties in the State of Minnesota. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): experience rural life at Fireside Orchard and Gardens, then do a tasting at Next Chapter Winery, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Montgomery Brewing. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Watt Munisotaram and then stroll around Colvill Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Northfield holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Frankenmuth to Northfield with the Route module. Traveling from Frankenmuth to Northfield, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Northfield are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.
Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries
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.