8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Omaha
+3
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Ferry:  7​h 45​min
1
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry + Bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Dearborn
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Omaha

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then browse the exhibits of Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island travel route planning site .

Omaha to Mackinac Island is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Omaha to Mackinac Island due to the time zone difference. In June, Mackinac Island is little chillier than Omaha - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

2
nights
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 3rd (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Mission Point Lighthouse and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Traverse City online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Mackinac Island in June, expect nights in Traverse City to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Empire
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, stroll through Holland State Park Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oval Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Grand Rapids trip itinerary website .

Getting from Traverse City to Grand Rapids by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Oval Beach, Gilmore Car Museum, Holland State Park Beach
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Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach

2
nights
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Motown Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and finally examine the collection at Greenfield Village. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront, get your game on at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, then partake in some friendly competition at Decode Ann Arbor, and finally stroll around Kellogg Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dearborn trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Dearborn takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. June in Dearborn sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Detroit, BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, Decode Ann Arbor, Kellogg Park
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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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