9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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

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night
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
On the 11th (Sat), walk around Beacon Park.

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

Madison to Dearborn is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madison to Dearborn. In July in Dearborn, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
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 13th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Andrew, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids trip planner.

You can drive from Dearborn to Grand Rapids in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ©
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park ©
Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stop by Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Traverse City trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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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 16th (Thu): make a trip to Trinity Church, expand your understanding of the military at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Fort Holmes, trot along with a tour on horseback, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island holiday planner.

Getting from Traverse City to Mackinac Island by combination of bus and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in July, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough 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 ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 18th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls and then explore the activities along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wagner Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Munising trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In July in Munising, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

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