9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Bus:  15​min
1
Dearborn
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Ferry:  5​h
2
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry + Bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Empire
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
4
Bessemer
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Ludington
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Detroit

2
nights
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Elizabeth Park and Arab American National Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Maybury State Park and Oakwood Metropark Nature Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dearborn: West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve And Nature Trail (in West Bloomfield) and Nickels Arcade (in Ann Arbor). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at The Rust Belt Market, look for gifts at Block’s Stand & Greenhouse, browse for treasures at The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Islamic Center of America.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dearborn trip itinerary planning website .

Detroit to Dearborn is an approximately half hour bus ride. You can also drive. In July, daily temperatures in Dearborn can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Dearborn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Nickels Arcade, Maybury State Park, Elizabeth Park, West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve And Nature Trail, The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall
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Maybury State Park ©
Maybury State Park
Elizabeth Park ©
Elizabeth Park
The Rust Belt Market ©
The Rust Belt Market

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, steep yourself in history at Biddle House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anne's Catholic Church, then look for gifts at Island House Bike Shop, and finally play a few rounds at Jewel Golf Course.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mackinac Island attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Dearborn to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dearborn in July; daily highs in Mackinac Island reach 73°F and lows reach 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Empire.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Outdoors Golf Wildlife
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St Anne's Catholic Church ©
St Anne's Catholic Church
Jewel Golf Course ©
Jewel Golf Course

1
night
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. On the 25th (Thu), stroll through Lake Michigan Beach Park, then view the masterpieces at Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery, and then stroll through Old Indian Trail.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Empire trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Empire takes 5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Empire can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Bessemer.

Things to do in Empire

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Ellie Harold Art Studio & Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Old Indian Trail ©
Old Indian Trail

3
nights
Bessemer

Bessemer ©
Bessemer is a city in the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Black River Harbor Recreation Area and Big Ravine Trail. Get outdoors at Little Star Beach Park and Turtle Flambeau Flowage. Get out of town with these interesting Bessemer side-trips: North Lakeland Discovery Center (in Manitowish Waters), Soo Line 950 (in Ashland) and Potato River Falls (in Hurley). There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Michigan's Iron Belle Trail - Western Gateway Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bessemer trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Empire to Bessemer by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July in Bessemer, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Ludington.

Things to do in Bessemer

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitowish Waters, Ironwood, Big Ravine Trail, Soo Line 950, Potato River Falls
Highlights from your plan
Little Star Beach Park ©
Little Star Beach Park
North Lakeland Discovery Center ©
North Lakeland Discovery Center
Potato River Falls ©
Potato River Falls

1
night
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): have fun and explore at Port of Ludington Maritime Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Father Jacques Marquette Shrine, then walk around Buttersville Park, then have fun at Summit Park, and finally look for gifts at The Jam Farm.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ludington tour website .

Drive from Bessemer to Ludington in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. July in Ludington sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Fun & Games Childrens Museums
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Buttersville Park ©
Buttersville Park
The Jam Farm ©
The Jam Farm
Summit Park ©
Summit Park

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