9 days in Mackinac Island & Grand Rapids Itinerary

9 days in Mackinac Island & Grand Rapids Itinerary

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Start: Valparaiso
Fly + Drive:  11 h
1
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
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. Visit St Anne's Catholic Church and Trinity Church for their historical value. For shopping fun, head to Island House Bike Shop or Maeve's Arts. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, and play a few rounds at Jewel Golf Course.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island trip itinerary planner.

Valparaiso to Mackinac Island is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Valparaiso to Mackinac Island, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Valparaiso in September, you will find days in Mackinac Island are colder (67°F), and nights are little chillier (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Golf Outdoors
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St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Meyer May House and Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier. Head to Anderson & Girls Orchards Gifts and Nelson's Farm Marketfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Rapids: South Haven Lighthouses (in South Haven), Oval Beach (in Saugatuck) and Holland State Park Beach (in Holland). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum, view the masterpieces at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), pause for some photo ops at Leonardo da Vinci's Horse, and browse the different shops at RiverTown Crossings.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids trip planner.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Grand Rapids by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Mackinac Island in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Grand Rapids, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°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

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nelson's Farm Market, RiverTown Crossings, Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, South Haven Lighthouses, Gilmore Car Museum
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Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach

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