8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Frankfort
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Traverse City
— 1 night
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
4
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
5
Dearborn
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Leonardo da Vinci's Horse.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Grand Rapids trip itinerary website .

New York City to Grand Rapids is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 54°F in Grand Rapids. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Frankfort.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Gilmore Car Museum, Cascade Peace Park
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Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
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2
nights
Frankfort

Frankfort ©
Frankfort is a city in Benzie County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and then hike along Empire Bluff Trail. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Fishtown, hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, and then take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Frankfort road trip planner .

Getting from Grand Rapids to Frankfort by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Rapids in September, plan for slightly colder days in Frankfort, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Frankfort

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Empire, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, Fishtown
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

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.
On the 16th (Mon), grab your bike and head to Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Traverse City trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Frankfort to Traverse City in an hour. In September in Traverse City, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours Outdoors Trails
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Grand Traverse Distillery ©
Grand Traverse Distillery

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night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 17th (Tue), learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island travel route planner .

Getting from Traverse City to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in September, plan for little chillier days in Mackinac Island, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Museums
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

2
nights
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 18th (Wed), examine the collection at Greenfield Village, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St. Mary's Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Motown Museum. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront, then steep yourself in history at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, then put a fun spin on your tour with Decode Ann Arbor, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Dearborn day trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Mackinac Island to Dearborn in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Mackinac Island, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Dearborn, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Detroit, Decode Ann Arbor, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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