8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan tour itinerary planner

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Bay City
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Grand Haven
— 2 nights
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Big Rapids
Drive
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
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Bay City

— 2 nights
Bay City is a city in Bay County, Michigan, located near the base of the Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron. Your day by day itinerary now includes Bay Antique Center, Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center, Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, deepen your understanding at Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Bay Antique Center, and finally make a trip to Center Avenue Historic District. Keep things going the next day: stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland and then stop by St. Laurent Brothers.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bay City route site.

Hartford to Bay City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grand Haven.

Things to do in Bay City

Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Grand Haven

— 2 nights
Grand Haven is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Ottawa County. On the 9th (Mon), indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Holland Brewing Co. - Production Campus and then stroll around Coghlin Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by The Pink Patio, then kick back and relax at North Beach, and then kick back and relax at Oval Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Haven trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bay City to Grand Haven takes 3 hours. In September in Grand Haven, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 55°F at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Big Rapids.

Things to do in Grand Haven

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Big Rapids

Big Rapids is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Big Rapids trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grand Haven to Big Rapids in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Haven in September, expect little chillier with lows of 50°F in Big Rapids. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Big Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Golf · Nature

Traverse City

— 3 nights

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Village at Grand Traverse Commons as well as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City journey maker site.

You can drive from Big Rapids to Traverse City in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.