8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan trip maker

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Detroit
— 1 night
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to New York City

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Detroit

— 1 night

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then contemplate the long history of Motown Museum. On your second day here, take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront and then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Detroit trip itinerary planner.

New York City to Detroit is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in October: high temperatures in Detroit hover around 63°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Frankenmuth online trip maker.

You can drive from Detroit to Frankenmuth in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Frankenmuth when traveling from Detroit in October, with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Adventure

Grand Rapids

— 1 night

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 12th (Tue): examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum and then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

To see maps and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In October in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Museums

Traverse City

— 2 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

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 13th (Wed): sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, sample the fine beverages at Grand Traverse Distillery, and then browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Traverse City vacation maker site.

Drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours, then get engrossed in the history at Fort Mackinac, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island attractions planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in October, plan for little chillier days in Mackinac Island, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Tours · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

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.