13 days in Michigan Itinerary

13 days in Michigan Itinerary

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Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  6 h
1
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive + Bus:  6 h 15 min
2
Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
3
Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Frankenmuth
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Detroit
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Saint Louis

3
nights
Munising

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munising: Marquette (Lakenenland Sculpture Park, Presque Isle Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Munising trip website.

Saint Louis to Munising is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Saint Louis in September, expect Munising to be slightly colder, temps between 71°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Marquette
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

2
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. On the 12th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Trinity Church, admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Fort Mackinac, and finally explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anne's Catholic Church, thensee the interesting displays at The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, thenidentify plant and animal life at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, and finally make a trip to Fort Holmes.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Mackinac Island trip simple and quick.

Do a combination of car and bus from Munising to Mackinac Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Mackinac Island, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Nature Museums
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park

2
nights
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.
On the 14th (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Mission Point Lighthouse and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, go for a walk through Boardman River Boardwalk, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Traverse City route planner.

Traveling by bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City takes 5 hours. While traveling from Mackinac Island, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Traverse City, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Traverse City

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, examine the collection at Gerald R. Ford Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Windmill Island Gardens, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Holland State Park Beach, thenbrowse the fresh offerings at Holland Farmers Market, and finally go for a walk through Rockford Dam Overlook.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Rapids online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Grand Rapids takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Frankenmuth.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Holland, Gilmore Car Museum, Rockford Dam Overlook
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Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ©
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

1
night
Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth ©
Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll around Wilkommen Park, thenlook for gifts at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Frankenmuth trip planner.

Drive from Grand Rapids to Frankenmuth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Detroit.

Things to do in Frankenmuth

Shopping Tours Outdoors
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Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ©
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Frankenmuth River Place Shops ©
Frankenmuth River Place Shops

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 19th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then contemplate the long history of Motown Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): examine the collection at Greenfield Village, test your team's savvy at Decode Ann Arbor, and then steep yourself in history at James Scott Memorial Fountain.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Detroit trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Frankenmuth to Detroit in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Frankenmuth in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Detroit, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dearborn, Decode Ann Arbor
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village

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