8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Taxi:  9​h 15​min
1
Munising
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mackinaw City
— 1 night
Ferry:  30​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry + Bus:  4​h 15​min
4
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Dearborn
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Los Angeles

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Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Munising sightseeing app .

Los Angeles to Munising is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. In May, Munising is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. On the 27th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cross In The Woods National Shrine, take in the views from Mackinac Bridge, steep yourself in history at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, then enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and finally visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mackinaw City road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Munising to Mackinaw City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Mackinaw City sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mackinac Island tour planning site .

Mackinac Island is just a stone's throw from Mackinaw City. In May, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

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Traverse City

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 29th (Wed), visit a coastal fixture at Old Mission Lighthouse, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, then hike along Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and finally view the masterpieces at Higher Art Gallery. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then hike along Empire Bluff Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Traverse City trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Mackinac Island in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Traverse City: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Empire
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Grand Rapids Public Museum, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Grand Rapids road trip tool .

You can drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Grand Rapids when traveling from Traverse City in May, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum
Grand Rapids Public Museum ©
Grand Rapids Public Museum

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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 1st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Islamic Center of America, admire all the interesting features of Comerica Park, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally contemplate the long history of Motown Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dearborn online tour planner .

Getting from Grand Rapids to Dearborn by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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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