8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan travel route planner

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Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Dearborn
— 2 nights



Coloma is a city in Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan. To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Coloma trip planner.

Kansas City to Coloma is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Kansas City in July, things will get little chillier in Coloma: highs are around 79°F and lows about 60°F. On the 10th (Wed), you're off to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Coloma

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Wineries

Grand Rapids

— 1 night

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 11th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Meyer May House, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Leonardo da Vinci's Horse.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids tour builder app.

Traveling by car from Coloma to Grand Rapids takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Traverse City

— 2 nights

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 12th (Fri): go for a walk through Boardman River Boardwalk, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and then explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Empire Bluff Trail, then take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lake Ann Brewing Company.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Traverse City online visit planner.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Traverse City are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

You can plan Mackinac Island trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites


— 2 nights
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally see where the action happens at Comerica Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): examine the collection at Motown Museum, admire the striking features of The Guardian Building, then take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront, and finally step off the mainland to explore Belle Isle Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dearborn day trip app.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Dearborn in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mackinac Island in July: high temperatures in Dearborn hover around 82°F and lows are around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.