8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  5​h
1
Ann Arbor
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Petoskey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Traverse City
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  4​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor ©
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): put a fun spin on your tour with Decode Ann Arbor. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Greenfield Village, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then have some family-friendly fun at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, and finally stroll through Maybury Riding Stable.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Ann Arbor trip planner .

New York City to Ann Arbor is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ann Arbor, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Fun & Games Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Dearborn, BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, Maybury Riding Stable
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

2
nights
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 10th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Meyer May House, admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum, and finally trek along Cascade Peace Park. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Coopersville Area Historical Society & Museum, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids trip planner .

Drive from Ann Arbor to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. September in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Coopersville Area Historical Society & Museum, Gilmore Car Museum, Speed Boats Tours, Cascade Peace Park
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Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. On the 12th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Main Overlook, then explore the activities along Lake of the Clouds, and then take a peaceful walk through Porcupine Mountains State Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ontonagon travel planner.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Ontonagon in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Grand Rapids in September, expect nights in Ontonagon to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are little chillier, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Petoskey.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park

1
night
Petoskey

Petoskey ©
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. On the 14th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine, identify plant and animal life at The Oden State Fish Hatchery, then explore the landscape on two wheels at North Western State Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Traverse Wheelway.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Petoskey road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Ontonagon to Petoskey takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September in Petoskey, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Petoskey

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

The Oden State Fish Hatchery, Cross In The Woods National Shrine
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Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Cross In The Woods National Shrine

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and then take a leisurely stroll along Boardman River Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Traverse City trip site .

Traveling by car from Petoskey to Traverse City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Traverse City sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours Outdoors Trails
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Boardman River Boardwalk ©
Boardman River Boardwalk

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