8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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

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Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo ©
Kalamazoo is a city in the southwest region of the U.S. Museum-lovers will appreciate Gilmore Car Museum and Air Zoo. Get some historical perspective at South Haven Lighthouses and Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier. Venture out of the city with trips to Grand Rapids (Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Gerald R. Ford Museum, & more) and Hackley and Hume Historic Site (in Muskegon). There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kalamazoo trip itinerary maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Kalamazoo. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Kalamazoo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Grand Rapids, Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, South Haven Lighthouses, Gilmore Car Museum, Air Zoo
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Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum
 Air Zoo ©
Air Zoo

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Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 25th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St. Mary's Church, explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and finally see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village.

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Drive from Kalamazoo to Dearborn in 2.5 hours. September in Dearborn sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) 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. On the 26th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally browse the exhibits of Fort Mackinac. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Round Island Lighthouse, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, see the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, then steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church.

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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. When traveling from Dearborn in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic 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 28th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, then take an in-depth tour of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and finally steep yourself in history at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mackinaw City trip planner .

Mackinaw City is just a stone's throw from Mackinac Island. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Empire.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Mackinac Bridge
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Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park ©
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park

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Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, enjoy the sea views from Point Betsie Lighthouse, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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You can drive from Mackinaw City to Empire in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Empire

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Point Betsie Lighthouse
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Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

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