8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Dearborn
— 1 night
2
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
3
Mackinaw City
— 2 nights
4
Empire
— 1 night
5
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights

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Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): examine the collection at The Henry Ford and then don't miss a visit to James Scott Memorial Fountain. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St. Mary's Church, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then see the interesting displays at Motown Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, and finally examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dearborn tour planning tool.

New York City to Dearborn is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in September; daily highs in Dearborn reach 75°F and lows reach 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

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick 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.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mackinac Island day trip site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Dearborn to Mackinac Island in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Dearborn in September, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are slightly colder, around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. On the 22nd (Sun), steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, then contemplate the long history of McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, and finally see the interesting displays at Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum Inc.. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cross In The Woods National Shrine, then walk around Colonial Michilimackinac, then visit a coastal fixture at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and finally see the interesting displays at Great Lake Light House Keepers.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mackinaw City travel route planner.

Ride a ferry from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City in an hour. In September in Mackinaw City, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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
McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site ©

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Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. On the 24th (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery, do a tasting at St. Ambrose Cellars, then take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and finally identify plant and animal life at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Start your trip to Empire by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Mackinaw City to Empire takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Empire sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery, St. Ambrose Cellars
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
St. Ambrose Cellars ©
St. Ambrose Cellars

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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.
On the 25th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Meyer May House, examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and then enjoy the sea views from Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Rapids trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Empire to Grand Rapids by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, Gilmore Car Museum
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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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