9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
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Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Holland
— 1 night
Drive
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Dearborn
— 1 night
Fly

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Get some historical perspective at Fort Mackinac and Trinity Church. Visiting Arch Rock and Jewel Golf Course will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, contemplate the long history of Biddle House, and visit a coastal fixture at Round Island Lighthouse.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Mackinac Island online trip itinerary maker.

New York City to Mackinac Island is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in October; daily highs in Mackinac Island reach 55°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

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Traverse City

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
Music House Museum and Dennos Museum Center will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Traverse City: Benzie Area Historical Society & Museum (in Benzonia) and Frankfort Beach (in Frankfort). Next up on the itinerary: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, take in the exciting artwork at Michigan Artists Gallery, and learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery.

Before you visit Traverse City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 5 hours. October in Traverse City sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Holland.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Holland

Holland is a city in the western region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stroll through Oval Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Grand Haven Lighthouse and Pier, and then stroll through Holland State Park Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Holland trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Holland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Holland can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dearborn.

Things to do in Holland

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Dearborn

Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stop by Greektown, then explore the galleries of Motown Museum, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally head off the coast to Belle Isle Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dearborn road trip planner.

You can drive from Holland to Dearborn in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Dearborn are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Michigan travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.