8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan route planner

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Marquette
— 1 night
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Dearborn
— 3 nights
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Flint
— 2 nights
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Grand Rapids
— 1 night
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Marquette

Marquette is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain and then admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park. Here are some ideas for day two: ski along the peaceful trails at Valley Spur, take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, and then stroll around Lakenenland Sculpture Park.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Marquette trip planner.

New York City to Marquette is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Marquette at 26°F and lows at 13°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Dearborn

Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
When in Dearborn, make a side trip to see Decode Ypsilanti in Ypsilanti, approximately Ypsilanti away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, browse for treasures at The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and browse the different shops at Somerset Collection.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Dearborn day trip tool.

You can fly from Marquette to Dearborn in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Marquette in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Dearborn: highs are around 37°F and lows about 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Flint.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Flint

Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County, Michigan. On the 15th (Tue), brush up on your military savvy at Michigan Heroes Museum, then stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and finally explore the fascinating landscape at Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Great Lakes National Cemetery, then explore the world behind art at Flint Institute of Arts, then contemplate the long history of Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Michigan Escape Games.

Make your Flint itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Dearborn to Flint in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in December, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Flint

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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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.
On the 17th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Grand Rapids Public Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and then examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Grand Rapids day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Flint to Grand Rapids takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°F in December, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

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.