9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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9 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: Detroit
1
Detroit
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Traverse City
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h
End: Detroit

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Motown Museum, examine the collection at Greenfield Village, then see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Florian Catholic Church. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, admire the natural beauty at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, then admire all the interesting features of Comerica Park, and finally take a stroll through Campus Martius Park.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Detroit tour itinerary maker tool .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Detroit. August in Detroit sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Dearborn, St. Florian Catholic Church, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ninth Street Christian Reformed Church and Historic White Pine Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Rapids: Oval Beach (in Saugatuck), Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart) and Pere Marquette Park (in Muskegon). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Holland State Park Beach, pick up some local products at Holland Farmers Market, walk around Stearns Park, and examine the collection at Gilmore Car Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Grand Rapids trip planning site .

You can drive from Detroit to Grand Rapids in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. August in Grand Rapids sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Holland, Ludington, Gilmore Car Museum, Pere Marquette Park, Silver Beach County Park
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach

3
nights
Traverse City

Traverse City ©
Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Popular historic sites such as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Old Mission Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Traverse City side-trips: Petoskey (Historic Gaslight District & Walloon Lake Winery), Depot Beach (in Charlevoix) and Good Harbor Vineyards (in Lake Leelanau). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Front Street, learn about winemaking at Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fifth Avenue Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Traverse City day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Grand Rapids to Traverse City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Petoskey, Depot Beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Good Harbor Vineyards, Fifth Avenue Beach
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Mission Point Lighthouse ©
Mission Point Lighthouse
Historic Gaslight District ©
Historic Gaslight District

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