8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  8 h
1
Traverse City
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Dearborn
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: San Francisco

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, then make a trip to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City online travel route planner.

San Francisco to Traverse City is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Traverse City is 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in April, with highs in Traverse City at 51°F and lows at 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©

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.
On the 26th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew, take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then admire the striking features of Meyer May House, and finally appreciate the history behind Leonardo da Vinci's Horse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, don't miss a visit to Windmill Island Gardens, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids driving holiday planner.

Getting from Traverse City to Grand Rapids by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Holland
Highlights from your plan
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ©
Meyer May House ©
Meyer May House
Windmill Island Gardens ©
Windmill Island Gardens

1
night
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Frankenmuth tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In April in Frankenmuth, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dearborn.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops

3
nights
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Venture out of the city with trips to BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League (in Novi) and Decode Ann Arbor (in Ann Arbor). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, don't miss a visit to Greenfield Village, and ponder the design of James Scott Memorial Fountain.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dearborn day trip app.

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Dearborn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Dearborn can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Detroit, BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, Holocaust Memorial Center, Decode Ann Arbor, Kellogg Park
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

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