8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan vacation planner

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive
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Hart
— 1 night
Drive
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Empire
— 1 night
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Taxi to Traverse City, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to Detroit
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Detroit
— 3 nights
Fly

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Grand Rapids

— 1 night

Furniture City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Grand Rapids Art Museum as well as Room Escape Games. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): see the sky in a new way at Grand Rapids Public Museum and then admire the masterpieces at Grand Rapids Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Oval Beach and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids holiday planner.

Indianapolis to Grand Rapids is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Indianapolis in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Grand Rapids: temperatures range from 31°F by day to 18°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hart.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Beaches

Side Trip

Hart

— 1 night
Hart is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Silver Lake State Park. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): trot along with Stony Lake Stables, then admire the majestic nature at Silver Lake State Park, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hart online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Hart takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hart can reach 29°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Hart

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Empire

— 1 night
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Elberta Beach has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): kick back and relax at Elberta Beach.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Empire fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Hart to Empire in 2 hours. January in Empire sees daily highs of 29°F and lows of 18°F at night. On the 5th (Wed), you'll travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Mackinac Island

— 1 night
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. You've now added Mackinac Wheels to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): head outdoors with Mackinac Wheels and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and ferry from Empire to Mackinac Island takes 5.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 25°F, and evening lows to 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Detroit

— 3 nights

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Detroit Zoo as well as DNR Outdoor Adventure Center. Bring the kids along to Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Detroit Historical Museum. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Detroit visit planning website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Detroit in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in January, expect nights in Detroit to be about the same, around 19°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Michigan travel guide

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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.