8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Hartford
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Bay City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Grand Haven
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Big Rapids
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Hartford

2
nights
Bay City

Bay City ©
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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): learn about all things military at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, deepen your understanding at Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center, then browse for treasures at Bay Antique Center, and finally don't miss a visit to Center Avenue Historic District. Keep things going the next day: stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland and then stop by St. Laurent Brothers.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bay City road trip planner.

Hartford to Bay City is an approximately 11-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Bay City can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Haven.

Things to do in Bay City

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
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2
nights
Grand Haven

Grand Haven ©
Grand Haven is a city in the U.S. On the 9th (Mon), indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Holland Brewing Co. - Production Campus and then stroll around Coghlin Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): look for gifts at The Pink Patio, tour the pleasant surroundings at North Beach, and then stroll through Oval Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Haven sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Bay City to Grand Haven in 3 hours. September in Grand Haven sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Big Rapids.

Things to do in Grand Haven

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Saugatuck, North Beach, New Holland Brewing Co. - Production Campus
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Oval Beach ©
Oval Beach
The Pink Patio ©
The Pink Patio

few
hours
Big Rapids

Big Rapids
Big Rapids is a city in the U.S. To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Big Rapids trip planner .

You can drive from Grand Haven to Big Rapids in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Haven in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Big Rapids, with lows around 50°F. 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

Outdoors Parks Golf

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Village at Grand Traverse Commons as well as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Big Rapids to Traverse City takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Historic Sites Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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