9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Start: Detroit
1
Detroit
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus + Ferry:  4 h 15 min
5
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Drive:  6 h 15 min
6
Munising
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Detroit

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day
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, and finally contemplate the long history of Motown Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Detroit online driving holiday planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Detroit. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dearborn
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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night
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, admire nature's extreme beauty at Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally stroll around Wilkommen Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Frankenmuth day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Detroit to Frankenmuth takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Frankenmuth when traveling from Detroit in July, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Tours Outdoors
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Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops

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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.
On the 21st (Tue), admire the striking features of Meyer May House, examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Andrew.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids trip planner.

Traveling by car from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Meyer May House ©
Meyer May House
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ©
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

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nights
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), stop by Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. On the next day, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then go for a walk through Boardman River Boardwalk.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): make a trip to Trinity Church, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Mackinac Island trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 4.5 hours. While traveling from Traverse City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mackinac Island, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

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nights
Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours, try for a hole-in-one at Miners Falls Mini Golf, then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls and then explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Munising attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. July in Munising sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls

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