12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner
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Fly
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Detroit
— 1 night
Drive
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Frankenmuth
— 2 nights
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Taxi to Bay City, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Mackinaw, Bus to Traverse City
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Traverse City
— 2 nights
Drive
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South Bend
— 4 nights
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Detroit — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Edsel & Eleanor Ford House as well as Ford Rouge Factory Tour. Keep things going the next day: learn the secrets of production at Ford Rouge Factory Tour and then admire the natural beauty at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Detroit trip planner.

Newark to Detroit is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Newark in October, expect nights in Detroit to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are slightly colder, around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Frankenmuth.
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Frankenmuth — 2 nights

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Silent Night Chapel at Bronner's as well as Frankenmuth Clock Company. On the 7th (Fri), relax in the rural setting at Grandpa Tiny's Farm, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Silent Night Chapel at Bronner's, then learn about all things military at Michigan Heroes Museum, and finally look for gifts at Frankenmuth Clock Company. On the next day, brush up on your military savvy at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, then browse the different shops at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Frankenmuth trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Detroit to Frankenmuth in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Detroit in October, expect little chillier with lows of 43°F in Frankenmuth. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mackinac Island.
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Mackinac Island — 1 night

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. You've now added Mackinac Island Carriage Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): look for gifts at Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island and then catch all the local highlights with Mackinac Island Carriage Tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mackinac Island trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Frankenmuth to Mackinac Island takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Frankenmuth in October, expect nights in Mackinac Island to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 55°F. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Traverse City.
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Traverse City — 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Front Street, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Grand Traverse Distillery, then take in the waterfront at Boardman River Boardwalk, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, then look for gifts at The Cheese Lady Traverse City, and then wander the streets of Front Street.

Before you visit Traverse City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City in 5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Traverse City can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to South Bend.
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South Bend — 4 nights

South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Your day by day itinerary now includes The History Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Linton's Enchanted Gardens in Elkhart (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Notre Dame, take an in-depth tour of Studebaker National Museum, experience rural life at Thistleberry Farm, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the South Bend road trip website.

Drive from Traverse City to South Bend in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in South Bend can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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