9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Syracuse
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Empire
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Ontonagon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Munising
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Paradise
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  2​h
5
Mackinac Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Detroit
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Syracuse

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hours
Empire

Empire ©
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Empire vacation maker .

Syracuse to Empire is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. In June, Empire is a bit cooler than Syracuse - with highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Empire

Nature Wildlife Historic Sites
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2
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Bond Falls. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at Porcupine Mountains State Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Clouds, and then get to know the fascinating history of Main Overlook.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ontonagon trip builder .

Getting from Empire to Ontonagon by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly. In June, daytime highs in Ontonagon are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Nature Parks Trails
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Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park
Lake of the Clouds ©
Lake of the Clouds

1
night
Munising

Munising ©
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 3rd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Munising online journey planner .

You can drive from Ontonagon to Munising in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Munising can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Paradise.

Things to do in Munising

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

1
night
Paradise

Paradise ©
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, then explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paradise road trip tool .

You can drive from Munising to Paradise in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and car. In July in Paradise, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Paradise

Nature Parks Museums
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Tahquamenon Falls State Park ©
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum ©
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
Tahquamenon Falls ©
Tahquamenon Falls

1
night
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mackinac Island tour planning site .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Paradise to Mackinac Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

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

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Detroit Zoo and Dequindre Cut. Let the collections at The Henry Ford and Detroit Institute of Arts capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Greenfield Village, view the masterpieces at The Heidelberg Project, deepen your understanding at College for Creative Studies, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Florian Catholic Church.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Detroit itinerary planner.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Detroit by combination of ferry, bus, and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mackinac Island in July, expect Detroit to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Dearborn, St. Florian Catholic Church, Detroit Zoo
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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