8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Fly to Marquette, Taxi to Munising
— 2 nights
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


Grand Rapids — 2 nights

Furniture City

Kids will appreciate attractions like Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and Silver Beach Carousel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Rapids: Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart), Oval Beach (in Saugatuck) and Saint Joseph (Silver Beach County Park & Whirlpool Compass Fountain). Next up on the itinerary: trot along with Stony Lake Stables and see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum.

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New York City to Grand Rapids is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Grand Rapids, with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Munising.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks
Side Trips

Munising — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, then stop by UP-Scale Art, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

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Getting from Grand Rapids to Munising by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Grand Rapids in July: high temperatures in Munising hover around 74°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Mackinac Island — 2 nights

On the 6th (Thu), pick up some new knowledge with Forge a Memory, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, then contemplate the long history of Fort Mackinac, then stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, and finally discover the deep blue sea with Great Turtle Kayak Tours.

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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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Detroit.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Detroit — 1 night

The Motor City

Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenfield Village, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to Detroit takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Detroit: highs are around 82°F and lows about 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

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.