8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 day
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive
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Traverse City
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
4
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
5
Munising
— 2 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Detroit

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Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Frankenmuth planning site.

Detroit to Frankenmuth is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Detroit in August since evenings lows in Frankenmuth dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

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nights
Grand Rapids

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Peace Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach, then head off-road at Saugatuck Dune Rides, and then browse the fresh offerings at Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. August in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Adventure

Side Trips

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Traverse City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, see the world from above with TC Helicopters Tours, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Traverse City tour itinerary builder app.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Traverse City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Trinity Church, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, and finally discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. While traveling from Traverse City, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

2
nights
Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 16th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and then get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Munising trip tool.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Munising are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Michigan travel guide

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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.