8 days in Michigan Itinerary

8 days in Michigan Itinerary

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8 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Dearborn
— Few hours
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
2
Munising
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + bus + ferry:  6​h 15​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
ferry + bus:  4​h 45​min
4
Empire
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Grand Marais
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Columbus

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Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford and then examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dearborn tour planner.

Columbus to Dearborn is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

2
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chapel Rock and Beach, Sand Point Beach and Oswald's Bear Ranch. On the 15th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Chapel Rock and Beach, identify plant and animal life at Oswald's Bear Ranch, kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach, then admire the sheer force of Munising Falls, and finally walk around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) and then take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Munising trip itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Dearborn to Munising in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Dearborn in August, expect Munising to be slightly colder, temps between 74°F and 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Oswald's Bear Ranch, Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) ©
Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls

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night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): expand your understanding of the military at Fort Mackinac, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry from Munising to Mackinac Island in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Mackinac Island are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

1
night
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery, then cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Empire trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Empire takes 5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Empire are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Marais.

Things to do in Empire

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is an unincorporated community in Burt Township, Alger County in the U.S. You've now added 12-Mile Beach to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): head outdoors with Sable Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Seney National Wildlife Refuge, and then take an in-depth tour of Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Chapel Falls, then stroll through 12-Mile Beach, and then take in the pleasant sights at Log Slide Overlook.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Marais trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Empire to Grand Marais by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Empire in August, plan for little chillier nights in Grand Marais, with lows around 53°F. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Marais

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Seney National Wildlife Refuge ©
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Chapel Falls ©
Chapel Falls
Sable Falls ©
Sable Falls

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