8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Dearborn
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Manistique
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Marquette
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Columbus

1
night
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 2nd (Sat), examine the collection at Motown Museum and then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, then partake in some friendly competition at Decode Ann Arbor, and finally stroll around Kellogg Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dearborn travel itinerary planner.

Columbus to Dearborn is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in November, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Detroit, Kellogg Park, Decode Ann Arbor
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then appreciate the history behind Leonardo da Vinci's Horse, and finally go for a walk through Rockford Dam Overlook.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Dearborn to Grand Rapids takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Rockford Dam Overlook
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Leonardo da Vinci's Horse ©
Leonardo da Vinci's Horse
Room Escape Games

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 5th (Tue): sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery, and then learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and then do a tasting at Bowers Harbor Vineyards.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Traverse City road trip website .

Drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Traverse City are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Manistique.

Things to do in Traverse City

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trip

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery ©
Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery

1
night
Manistique

Manistique ©
Manistique, formerly Monistique, is the only incorporated city in and the county seat of Schoolcraft County of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Palms Book State Park, then explore the activities along Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring), and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Manistique day trip planning app .

Getting from Traverse City to Manistique by car takes about 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Traverse City in November, with highs in Manistique at 41°F and lows at 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marquette.

Things to do in Manistique

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Palms Book State Park
Palms Book State Park

2
nights
Marquette

Marquette ©
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, and then take a stroll through Downtown Marquette. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Presque Isle Park, view the masterpieces at Lakenenland Sculpture Park, and then Head underground at Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Marquette trip planner.

You can drive from Manistique to Marquette in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°F in November, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marquette

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, Wagner Falls
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Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Wagner Falls ©
Wagner Falls
Lakenenland Sculpture Park ©
Lakenenland Sculpture Park

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