8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + ferry:  8​h 45​min
1
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Traverse City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Saginaw
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Detroit
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: New York City

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island vacation planner.

New York City to Mackinac Island is an approximately 9-hour flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in Mackinac Island at 67°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Museums
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Old Mission Lighthouse, then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then take a stroll through Front Street, and finally go for a walk through Boardman River Boardwalk.

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Do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Mackinac Island, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Traverse City, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

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Beer Tastings & Tours
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse
Boardman River Boardwalk ©
Boardman River Boardwalk

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the striking features of Meyer May House, then examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

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You can drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Saginaw.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Fun & Games Museums
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Room Escape Games
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

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Saginaw

Saginaw ©
Saginaw is a city in the State of Michigan and the seat of Saginaw County. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): learn about all things military at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, explore the world behind art at Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saginaw Valley Rail Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Saginaw online visit planner .

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Saginaw in 2.5 hours. July in Saginaw sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Saginaw

Museums Outdoors Parks

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Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum
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Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum ©
Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum

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Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Frankenmuth trip maker website .

Frankenmuth is just a short distance from Saginaw. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

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Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Frankenmuth Cheese Haus ©
Frankenmuth Cheese Haus
Michigan Heroes Museum ©
Michigan Heroes Museum

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Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally admire all the interesting features of Comerica Park. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront, then step off the mainland to explore Belle Isle Park, then examine the collection at Motown Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Guardian Building.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Detroit trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Detroit takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Dearborn
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

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