9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  5​h
1
Detroit
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Empire
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Traverse City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Mackinaw City
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
7
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Motown Museum and then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts. On the next day, admire all the interesting features of Comerica Park, examine the collection at Greenfield Village, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Detroit trip planner .

New York City to Detroit is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (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
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

1
night
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the fascinating landscape at Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus, take an in-depth tour of Frankenmuth Historical Museum, learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, then look for gifts at Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, and finally stroll through Wilkommen Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Frankenmuth route maker site .

Getting from Detroit to Frankenmuth by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in June, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Museums Shopping Parks
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Michigan Heroes Museum ©
Michigan Heroes Museum
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Frankenmuth Cheese Haus ©
Frankenmuth Cheese Haus

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Meyer May House, examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Empire.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Room Escape Games
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

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night
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. On the 3rd (Wed), visit a coastal fixture at Point Betsie Lighthouse, cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Empire trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Grand Rapids to Empire by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Grand Rapids in July, expect nights in Empire to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Traverse City.

Things to do in Empire

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Point Betsie Lighthouse
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Point Betsie Lighthouse ©
Point Betsie Lighthouse

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Old Mission Lighthouse, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then don't miss a visit to Front Street, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Boardman River Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Traverse City road trip site .

You can drive from Empire to Traverse City in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Traverse City are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Mackinaw City.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours Shopping Neighborhoods
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse
Boardman River Boardwalk ©
Boardman River Boardwalk

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night
Mackinaw City

Mackinaw City ©
Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U.S. On the 5th (Fri), browse the exhibits of Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Colonial Michilimackinac, then snap pictures at Mackinac Bridge, and finally enjoy the sea views from McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mackinaw City trip planning tool .

Drive from Traverse City to Mackinaw City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Traverse City in July, plan for slightly colder days in Mackinaw City, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Mackinaw City

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mackinac Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse ©
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Colonial Michilimackinac ©
Colonial Michilimackinac

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes, pause for some serene contemplation 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 see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mackinac Island holiday planning tool .

Mackinac Island is just a stone's throw from Mackinaw City. July in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F at night. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

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