9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  5​h
1
Grand Rapids
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Empire
— 1 night
Bus + Ferry:  4​h 45​min
3
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Munising
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Dearborn
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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 6th (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and then examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Grand Rapids day trip tool .

Washington DC to Grand Rapids is an approximately 5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. In December, Grand Rapids is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 36°F and lows of 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Empire.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Gilmore Car Museum
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Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

1
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Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): cruise along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Empire trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Grand Rapids to Empire in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Empire sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Empire

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, expand your understanding of the military at Fort Mackinac, then immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse, stop by Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, then identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then contemplate the long history of Biddle House, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mackinac Island itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Empire to Mackinac Island in 5 hours. In December in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 31°F during the day and 21°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) 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
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

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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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge, glide through natural beauty at Valley Spur, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, then stop by Open Wings Pottery & Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Munising online holiday maker .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 30°F in December, and nighttime lows around 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Dearborn.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Eben Ice Caves and Canyon Falls & Gorge ©

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Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and finally examine the collection at Greenfield Village. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, then ride a horse along Paint Creek Trail, and then put a fun spin on your tour with Decode Ann Arbor.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dearborn driving holiday website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Dearborn in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Munising in December, with highs in Dearborn at 37°F and lows at 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Detroit, Paint Creek Trail, Decode Ann Arbor
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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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