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
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Newberry, MI, Drive to Munising
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Detroit
— 1 night
Fly

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Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 8th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Fort Holmes, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then identify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church.

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Hartford to Mackinac Island is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Hartford in August; daily highs in Mackinac Island reach 72°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Munising

— 2 nights
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 10th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Miners Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, then take an in-depth tour of Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Munising trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Grand Rapids

— 2 nights

Furniture City

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.
On the 12th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Gerald R. Ford Museum, admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, and finally trek along Cascade Peace Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Oval Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saugatuck Dunes State Park, and then kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Munising to Grand Rapids takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Munising, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Rapids, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Frankenmuth

— 1 night
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. On the 14th (Fri), learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then look for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Frankenmuth trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

Detroit

— 1 night

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Detroit road trip tool.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Detroit in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Frankenmuth in August, Detroit is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites

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.