8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Columbus
+3
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Ferry:  7​h 15​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
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Detroit
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Columbus

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island attractions planning app .

Columbus to Mackinac Island is an approximately 7.5-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. Traveling from Columbus in November, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 32°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time 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.
On the 4th (Mon), get a taste of the local shopping with The Village at Grand Traverse Commons and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Mission Point Lighthouse and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Traverse City day trip site .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 4.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Beer Tastings & Tours
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons ©

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.
On the 6th (Wed), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and finally walk around Grand Ravines Dog Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Traverse City to Grand Rapids by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Grand Ravines Dog Park
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Room Escape Games
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

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night
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, don't miss a visit to Saginaw Veterans Memorial Plaza, then browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and finally stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Frankenmuth tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Frankenmuth are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Detroit.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saginaw Veterans Memorial Plaza, Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad
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Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops

2
nights
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.
On the 8th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and finally examine the collection at Greenfield Village. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront, then get your game on at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, then walk around Kellogg Park, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with Decode Ann Arbor.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Detroit trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Detroit takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. November in Detroit sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

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