9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  1​h 30​min
1
Detroit
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Stanwood
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h
3
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Phoenix

2
nights
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 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then examine the collection at Greenfield Village, then step off the mainland to explore Belle Isle Park, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Detroit Zoo.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Detroit road trip planning site .

Phoenix to Detroit is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Phoenix to Detroit. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in June: high temperatures in Detroit hover around 79°F and lows are around 61°F. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dearborn, Polish Art Center, Detroit Zoo
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

4
nights
Stanwood

Stanwood ©
Stanwood is a village in Mecosta County of the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Miner's Beach and Pilgrim's Run Golf Club. Get a sense of the local culture at Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University and Shrine of the Pines. Change things up with these side-trips from Stanwood: Kilwins Chocolates (in Big Rapids) and Ionia State Recreation Area (in Ionia). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Rapids Riverwalk.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Stanwood trip planner .

Drive from Detroit to Stanwood in 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Stanwood when traveling from Detroit in July, with lows around 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Stanwood

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Big Rapids, Pilgrim's Run Golf Club, Shrine of the Pines, Miner's Beach, Ionia State Recreation Area
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Ionia State Recreation Area ©
Ionia State Recreation Area
Pilgrim's Run Golf Club ©
Pilgrim's Run Golf Club

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 7th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, then learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, and then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mackinac Island holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Stanwood to Mackinac Island. Traveling from Stanwood in July, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 73°F. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

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