9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly:  4​h
1
Detroit
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  3​h
2
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Appleton

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.
On the 11th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Campus Martius Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, and finally steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Detroit trip itinerary maker site .

Appleton to Detroit is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Detroit when traveling from Appleton in October, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Neighborhoods 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

3
nights
Traverse City

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.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Leelanau Wine Cellars are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Bahle Farms and Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Front Street, get a taste of the local shopping with Northern Latitudes Distillery, and learn about winemaking at Bowers Harbor Vineyards.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Traverse City trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Detroit to Traverse City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Golf Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, Leelanau Wine Cellars, Northern Latitudes Distillery, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Bahle Farms
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Leelanau Wine Cellars ©
Leelanau Wine Cellars
Bowers Harbor Vineyards ©
Bowers Harbor Vineyards

4
nights
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.
Gilmore Car Museum and Gerald R. Ford Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Fenn Valley Vineyards and Hickory Creek Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Rapids: St. Julian Winery (in Paw Paw), Oval Beach (in Saugatuck) and Bell's Comstock Brewery (in Galesburg). There's still lots to do: stroll through Holland State Park Beach, kick back and relax at Silver Beach County Park, and stroll around Stearns Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids driving holiday planning app .

Drive from Traverse City to Grand Rapids in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October in Grand Rapids, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Silver Beach County Park, Hickory Creek Winery, Fenn Valley Vineyards, St. Julian Winery, Bell's Comstock Brewery
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Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum

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