9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Detroit
— 1 night
+3
Fly + taxi + bus + ferry:  5​h 30​min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
End: Miami

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 25th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, then examine the collection at Motown Museum, and then take in the waterfront at Detroit RiverFront. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Detroit Zoo, then examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then examine the collection at Greenfield Village.

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Miami to Detroit is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Miami in July, expect Detroit to be slightly colder, temps between 82°F and 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Dearborn, Detroit Zoo
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Zoo ©
Detroit Zoo
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Fort Holmes, examine the collection at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

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Getting from Detroit to Mackinac Island by combination of flight, bus, and ferry takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Detroit in July; daily highs in Mackinac Island reach 73°F and lows reach 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Museums
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Holland State Park Beach and Silver Beach County Park. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Rapids side-trips: Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market (in Holland), Muskegon (The Monet Garden of Muskegon & Michigan's Adventure) and Oval Beach (in Saugatuck). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, have fun and explore at Grand Rapids Children's Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at John Ball Zoo, and see the sky in a new way at Grand Rapids Public Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Mackinac Island to Grand Rapids takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, expect nights in Grand Rapids to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Holland, Muskegon, Saint Joseph, Oval Beach
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Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach
Silver Beach County Park ©
Silver Beach County Park

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