8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Fly to Marquette, Taxi to Munising
— 1 night
Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw City, MI, Foot to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit
— 1 night
— 1 night
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights


Munising — 1 night

On the 18th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Munising trip planning site.

South Bend to Munising is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from South Bend in July, things will get a bit cooler in Munising: highs are around 74°F and lows about 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Mackinac Island — 2 nights

On the 20th (Wed), learn something new at Forge a Memory, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Fort Mackinac, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then steep yourself in history at Biddle House, and finally discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island planning app.

Getting from Munising to Mackinac Island by combination of car, bus, and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Detroit.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Detroit — 1 night

The Motor City

On the 22nd (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenfield Village, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally browse the exhibits of Motown Museum.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Detroit itinerary builder.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Detroit in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mackinac Island in July; daily highs in Detroit reach 82°F and lows reach 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Frankenmuth.
Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Frankenmuth — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): stroll around Wilkommen Park, then stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then experience rural life at Grandpa Tiny's Farm, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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Getting from Detroit to Frankenmuth by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Detroit in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Frankenmuth, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.
Shopping · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Grand Rapids — 2 nights

Furniture City

On the 24th (Sun), kick back and relax at Oval Beach, then find something for the whole family at Nelis' Dutch Village, and then stroll through Holland State Park Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and then get to know the resident critters at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park.

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Drive from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In July, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.