9 days in Michigan Itinerary

9 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Detroit
— 1 day
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Bus to Mackinaw, 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
— 3 nights
Taxi to Marquette, Fly to Detroit

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Detroit

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.
On the 11th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, and then see the interesting displays at Motown Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Detroit travel route builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Detroit. In July, daily temperatures in Detroit can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stroll around Wilkommen Park, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then stop by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, then admire nature's extreme beauty at Zak And Macs Chocolate Haus, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Frankenmuth vacation planner.

Drive from Detroit to Frankenmuth in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Detroit in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Frankenmuth, with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Traverse City.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

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Traverse City

Cherry Capital of the World

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.
On the 13th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore and take pictures at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and then hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Traverse City journey maker app.

Drive from Frankenmuth to Traverse City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Traverse City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 15th (Wed), look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, learn about all things military at Fort Mackinac, then take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get interesting insight from Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally head outdoors with The Greens of Mackinac.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Mackinac Island trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Traverse City to Mackinac Island takes 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Traverse City in July: highs in Mackinac Island hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

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Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Explore Munising's surroundings by going to Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock.

Plan trip to Munising with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and car from Mackinac Island to Munising takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In July in Munising, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.