8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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

1
night
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 19th (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford and then admire the local landmark of James Scott Memorial Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St. Mary's Church, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, then contemplate the long history of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, and finally examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Dearborn road trip website .

New York City to Dearborn is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City in September, expect Dearborn to be little chillier, temps between 75°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Detroit
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally browse the exhibits of Fort Mackinac.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Dearborn to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Dearborn, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Museums
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
Trinity Church ©
Trinity Church

2
nights
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, then enjoy the sea views from McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, and finally see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine, then stroll around Colonial Michilimackinac, then enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and finally examine the collection at Great Lake Light House Keepers.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mackinaw City day trip planning tool .

Mackinaw City is just a stone's throw from Mackinac Island. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Empire.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Mackinac Bridge, Cross In The Woods National Shrine
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Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Cross In The Woods National Shrine ©
Cross In The Woods National Shrine

1
night
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. On the 24th (Tue), shop like a local with Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery, then learn about winemaking at St. Ambrose Cellars, then take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Empire road trip website .

Drive from Mackinaw City to Empire in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Empire are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Empire

Nature Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trips

St. Ambrose Cellars, Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery
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St. Ambrose Cellars ©
St. Ambrose Cellars

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Meyer May House, see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and then take in the waterfront at Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Grand Rapids journey builder app .

You can drive from Empire to Grand Rapids in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gilmore Car Museum, Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier
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Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum
Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier ©
Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier

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