9 days in Mackinac Island & Grand Rapids Itinerary

9 days in Mackinac Island & Grand Rapids Itinerary

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9 days in Mackinac Island & Grand Rapids Itinerary

Start: Valparaiso
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Valparaiso

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Popular historic sites such as St Anne's Catholic Church and Round Island Lighthouse are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Fort Mackinac and Maeve's Arts. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island holiday maker .

Valparaiso to Mackinac Island is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Valparaiso in September: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Golf Outdoors
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Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Fort Holmes ©
Fort Holmes

4
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Meyer May House and Cathedral of Saint Andrew are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Gilmore Car Museum and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA). Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Rapids: South Haven Lighthouses (in South Haven), Holland State Park Beach (in Holland) and Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier (in Grand Haven). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, kick back and relax at Oval Beach, browse the different shops at RiverTown Crossings, and get to know the fascinating history of Heritage Hill Historic District.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Grand Rapids travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Mackinac Island to Grand Rapids in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Traveling from Mackinac Island in September, expect nights in Grand Rapids to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

RiverTown Crossings, South Haven Lighthouses, Nelson's Farm Market, Oval Beach, Rockford Dam Overlook
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Meyer May House ©
Meyer May House
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

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