8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kalamazoo
Drive:  1 h
1
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h 15 min
3
Ann Arbor
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
End: Kalamazoo

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Rapids: Confections with Convictions (in Kalamazoo), 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, stroll around Windmill Island Gardens, pick up some local products at Holland Farmers Market, and make a trip to Rockford Dam Overlook.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids trip planner.

Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids is an approximately 1- hour car ride. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Holland, Confections with Convictions, Rockford Dam Overlook, Cascade Peace Park, Gilmore Car Museum
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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ©
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

2
nights
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 25th (Sat), browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, then don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Mission Point Lighthouse and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For photos and other tourist information, you can read our Traverse City day trip planning site.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Grand Rapids in April, plan for little chillier days in Traverse City, with highs around 51°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ann Arbor.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

3
nights
Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor ©
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ann Arbor: Detroit (Motown Museum, Detroit RiverFront, &more), Dearborn (The Henry Ford & Greenfield Village) and Bronner's Christmas Wonderland (in Frankenmuth). There's still lots to do: put a fun spin on your tour with Decode Ann Arbor, get your game on at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, and walk around Kellogg Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ann Arbor trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Traverse City to Ann Arbor in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Traverse City in April, expect nights in Ann Arbor to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Detroit, Dearborn, BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, Kellogg Park, Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

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