15 days in Michigan Itinerary

15 days in Michigan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Michigan route planner

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Fly to Pellston, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to St Ignace, Drive to Paradise
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Paradise
— 1 night
Drive
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Munising
— 4 nights
Drive
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Empire
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Rapids
— 3 nights
Fly
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Dearborn
— 2 nights
Drive

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Mackinac Island

— 2 nights
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kids will appreciate attractions like Arch Rock and Fort Mackinac. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Mackinac Island State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, don't miss a visit to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, and contemplate the long history of Fort Holmes.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mackinac Island trip planner.

Detroit to Mackinac Island is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Detroit in June, things will get a bit cooler in Mackinac Island: highs are around 67°F and lows about 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paradise.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 16:

Paradise

— 1 night
Paradise is an unincorporated community in Whitefish Township, Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan.Paradise is on the northeastern portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the western side of Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, about 60mi by road from Sault Ste. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): examine the collection at Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, explore the activities along Tahquamenon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tahquamenon Falls State Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Paradise visit planner.

Getting from Mackinac Island to Paradise by combination of ferry and car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In June in Paradise, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Munising.

Things to do in Paradise

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 17:

Munising

— 4 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. Kids will enjoy Boat Tours & Water Sports and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Munising: Marquette (Sugarloaf Mountain & Presque Isle Park) and Manistique (Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) & Palms Book State Park). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chapel Rock and Beach.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Munising trip app.

Getting from Paradise to Munising by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Empire.

Things to do in Munising

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:

Empire

— 2 nights
Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, look for gifts at The Cottage Book Shop, then take a memorable drive along Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, and finally hike along Empire Bluff Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Empire driving holiday planner.

Drive from Munising to Empire in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Empire can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Empire

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

Grand Rapids

— 3 nights

Furniture City

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grand Rapids: Holland State Park Beach (in Holland), Michigan's Adventure (in Muskegon) and Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Silver Beach Carousel, trek along Cascade Peace Park, walk around Whirlpool Compass Fountain, and stroll through Millennium Park.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Grand Rapids trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Empire to Grand Rapids in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Empire in June, things will get a bit warmer in Grand Rapids: highs are around 79°F and lows about 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can fly to Dearborn.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 26:

Dearborn

— 2 nights
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, then explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, and then contemplate the long history of Motown Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Detroit Zoo, and then buy something for everyone on your list at The Town Peddler Craft and Antique Mall.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dearborn trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Grand Rapids to Dearborn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 26 — 28:

Michigan travel guide

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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.