8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 1 day
Drive
2
Arcadia
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Traverse City
— 1 night
Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
4
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit
5
Dearborn
— 1 night
Drive
6
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Fly

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Grand Rapids

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and then pause for some photo ops at Leonardo da Vinci's Horse.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids sightseeing planner.

Chicago to Grand Rapids is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago to Grand Rapids, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Grand Rapids, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Arcadia.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Museums

2
nights
Arcadia

Arcadia Township is a civil township of Manistee County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve, make a trip to The Frankfort Light, and then tee off at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, then take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Betsie Valley Trail.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Arcadia day trip planner.

Drive from Grand Rapids to Arcadia in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Rapids in September, you will find days in Arcadia are a bit cooler (71°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Arcadia

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

1
night
Traverse City

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.
On the 10th (Thu), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then don't miss a visit to Benjamin Twiggs, legendary cherry products, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Arcadia to Traverse City in 1.5 hours. September in Traverse City sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Eagle Point Cave, stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Traverse City in September: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

1
night
Dearborn

Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 13th (Sun), examine the collection at The Henry Ford, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and then see the interesting displays at Motown Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Dearborn holiday planning website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Dearborn takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Mackinac Island in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Dearborn: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

1
night
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. On the 14th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, then learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Frankenmuth holiday maker.

You can drive from Dearborn to Frankenmuth in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Frankenmuth when traveling from Dearborn in September, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

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.