8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Traverse City
— 4 nights
Bus + Ferry:  4​h 15​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Detroit

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Oval Beach and then kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids trip planner .

Detroit to Grand Rapids is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Oval Beach, Holland State Park Beach
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Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach

4
nights
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.
Cana Island Lighthouse and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Newport State Park and Ludington State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Traverse City: Mackinac Bridge (in Saint Ignace) and Cave Point County Park (in Sturgeon Bay). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Traverse City trip builder tool .

Drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Ludington State Park, Mackinac Bridge, Newport State Park, Cana Island Lighthouse
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Newport State Park ©
Newport State Park
Cana Island Lighthouse ©
Cana Island Lighthouse
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island online travel planner .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Traverse City in August, plan for slightly colder days in Mackinac Island, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. You will leave for home on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

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