8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hart
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Empire
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Dearborn
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Holland

Holland ©
Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. Gilmore Car Museum and Water Street Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. We've included these beaches for you: Holland State Park Beach and Oval Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint Joseph (Whirlpool Compass Fountain & Silver Beach County Park) and Pere Marquette Park (in Muskegon).

To plan Holland vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Chicago to Holland is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Holland due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chicago in August since evenings lows in Holland dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Hart.

Things to do in Holland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Saint Joseph, Pere Marquette Park, Oval Beach, Gilmore Car Museum, Water Street Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach

2
nights
Hart

Hart ©
Hart is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Ludington State Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fifth Avenue Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hart trip tool .

Traveling by car from Holland to Hart takes 1.5 hours. In August in Hart, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Hart

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ludington, Fifth Avenue Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Fifth Avenue Beach ©
Fifth Avenue Beach

1
night
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. On the 28th (Wed), visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Michigan Beach Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Empire online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Hart to Empire takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Empire are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Empire

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Point Betsie Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

2
nights
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 29th (Thu), examine the collection at Greenfield Village, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then explore the world behind art 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 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, contemplate the long history of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Island Lake State Recreation Area.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Dearborn trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Empire to Dearborn takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Empire in August, things will get a bit warmer in Dearborn: highs are around 81°F and lows about 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Detroit, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Island Lake State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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