8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Empire
— 1 day
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Taxi to Traverse City, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Petoskey
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Petoskey
— 1 night
Drive
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Charlevoix
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marshall
— 1 night
Drive
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Dearborn
— 1 night
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Empire

— 1 day
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Empire day trip planning app.

New York City to Empire is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, Empire is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 64°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry from Empire to Mackinac Island in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Empire in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Petoskey

— 1 night
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 9th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at The Oden State Fish Hatchery, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Little Traverse Wheelway, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at North Western State Trail.

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You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Petoskey in 3 hours. In May in Petoskey, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Charlevoix.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Charlevoix

— 1 night
Charlevoix is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 10th (Mon), kick back and relax at Depot Beach, look for gifts at Cherry Republic, admire the striking features of Mushroom House Tours of Charlevoix, then make a trip to Charlevoix Circle of Arts, and finally walk around East Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Charlevoix day trip planner.

Charlevoix is just a stone's throw from Petoskey. In May, daytime highs in Charlevoix are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Charlevoix

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Grand Rapids

— 2 nights

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): steep yourself in history at Meyer May House, then examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Andrew. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Centennial Park, stroll through Windmill Island Gardens, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Grand Rapids trip planner.

You can drive from Charlevoix to Grand Rapids in 3 hours. In May, Grand Rapids is somewhat warmer than Charlevoix - with highs of 71°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Marshall.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Marshall

— 1 night
Marshall is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at American Museum of Magic, stop by paper & i, then see the interesting displays at U.S. Postal Museum, and finally admire the local landmark of Brooks Memorial Fountain.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Marshall trip planner.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Marshall by car takes about 1.5 hours. May in Marshall sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Marshall

Museums · Shopping

Dearborn

— 1 night
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Dearborn trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marshall to Dearborn takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.